Democratic Reform in Japan

Democratic Reform in Japan : Assessing the Impact

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Widespread dissatisfaction in Japan in the 1990s set the stage for numerous political reforms aimed at enhancing representation and accountability. But have these reforms in fact improved the quality of Japanese democracy? Through the lens of this question, the authors explore contemporary Japanese politics at the national, local, and grassroots levels. Their systematic analysis of when and how citizens attempt to create and use new opportunities to articulate political interests offers insights not only on the current state of Japanese democracy, but also on the dynamics of political behavior over more

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  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 544.31g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • 1588265811
  • 9781588265814

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"The contributors do not offer easy answers and instead provide nuanced arguments about the tradeoffs of democratic reforms.... A must read for all students of contemporary Japanese politics." - Mary Alice Haddad, Wesleyan University"show more

About Sherry L. Martin

Sherry L. Martin is assistant professor of government at Cornell University. Gill Steel is COE Research Fellow at the University of more

Table of contents

Introduction - the Editors.; THE NATIONAL LEVEL.; Reforming the Liberal Democratic Party - E.S. Krauss and R. Pekkanen.; Campaign Behavior: The Limits to Change - D. Dabney.; Dietmembers and Seat Inheritance: Keeping It in the Family - N. Taniguchi.; Policy Preferences and Party Platforms: What Voters Want vs. What Voters Get - G. Steel.; Reforming the Bureaucracy - E. Kawabata.; THE LOCAL LEVEL.; Keeping Women in Their Place: Penetrating Male-Dominated Urban and Rural Assemblies - S.L. Martin.; Persistently Uncompetitive Elections for Prefectural Assemblies - R. Weiner.; The Potential and Limits of Antiparty Electoral Movements in Local Politics - R.M. LeBlanc.; Civil Society and Democracy: Reforming the Non-Profit Organization Law - Y. Kawato and R. Pekkanen.; CONCLUSION.; Contemporary Japanese Democracy - the more

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