Building Democracy in Japan

Building Democracy in Japan

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How is democracy made real? How does an undemocratic country create new institutions and transform its polity such that democratic values and practices become integral parts of its political culture? These are some of the most pressing questions of our times, and they are the central inquiry of Building Democracy in Japan. Using the Japanese experience as starting point, this book develops a new approach to the study of democratization that examines state-society interactions as a country adjusts its existing political culture to accommodate new democratic values, institutions and practices. With reference to the country's history, the book focuses on how democracy is experienced in contemporary Japan, highlighting the important role of generational change in facilitating both gradual adjustments as well as dramatic transformation in Japanese politics.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 13 b/w illus. 10 tables
  • 1139013424
  • 9781139013420

Table of contents

1. Making democracy real; 2. The 'tipping point' model of generational change; 3. Building the institutions of democracy: 1853-1990; 4. Power to the people: democratization of the government; 5. From state to society: democratization of traditional, community-based organizations; 6. Inclusive diversity: new-style civil society organizations and Japanese democracy; 7. More access but less power?: Women in Japanese politics; 8. Conclusion: where do we go from here?
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'... comes as a long-awaited, welcome piece ... empirically rich and theoretically challenging ... will rejuvenate the debate on Japanese democracy ... is a valuable asset in the discipline of Japanese politics and deserves wide readership.' Sunil Kim, Japanese Journal of Political Science
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