Governing the Japanese Economy

Governing the Japanese Economy

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This book offers a novel and wide-ranging interpretation of Japanese economic policy, using the historical anaylsis of Japanese economic development to shed light on current objectives, trends and possibilities. Sheridan criticizes the argument that, as Japan reaches economic maturity, its ability to make deliberate national choices backed by government action will give way to market forces. Sheridan offers a very different interpretation based on the existence of a sequence of policy cycles, discernible in the historical development of Japan's economy. Only by reconstructing this sequence of policy cycles over the last two centuries can we make sense of the `Japanese secret' and understand the significance of recent policy more

Product details

  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 628.22g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10 figures, 20 tables
  • 0745610609
  • 9780745610603

Table of contents

List of Tables List of Figures and Charts List of Material Appearing in the Appendix Introduction: The Past and Potential Role of Government in Japanese Economic Life 1. Feudalism and Modernisation, 1800-1880 2. Deciding the Principles of Japanese Capitalism, 1881-1900 3. Capital Accumulation and Economic Growth, 1901-1936 4. Social Policy in Economic Policy, 1901-1936 5. Economic Conduct of the Pacific War, 1937-1945 6. Reconstruction, 1946-1955 7. High-Speed Economic Growth, 1956-1972 8. A Decelerated Economy, 1973-1990 9. Explanations: The Nature and Government of Japanese Capitalism, 1868-1990 10. Neglected Producers Appendix: Statistical Tables Bibliography more