Authority without Power : Law and the Japanese Paradox
This book offers a comprehensive interpretive study of the role of law in contemporary Japan. Haley argues that the weakness of legal controls throughout Japanese history has assured the development and strength of informal community controls based on custom and consensus to maintain order--an order characterized by remarkable stability, with an equally significant degree of autonomy for individuals, communities, and businesses. Haley concludes by showing how Japan's weak legal system has reinforced preexisting patterns of extralegal social control, thus explaining many of the fundamental paradoxes of political and social life in contemporary Japan.
- Paperback | 268 pages
- 153.7 x 233.2 x 20.6mm | 467.79g
- 23 May 1996
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- line figures and tables throughout
[His] work over the past decade has been among the most provocative and imaginative in the field of comparative law. * Mark Ramseyer, UCLA Law School *
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A comprehensive interpretive study of the role of law in contemporary Japan. Haley argues that the separation of power from authority and concomitant weakness of coercive legal controls have assured the development and strength of informal community controls.