The Japan That Never Was
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In this book, the authors address Japan's economic crisis of the 1990s. They argue that most attempts to reconcile Japan's past success with its current problems have been inadequate, primarily because scholars fail to fully understand how Japan's political-economic system was organized and how it operated in the past. Revealing that certain long-term political and economic trends suggested in subtle but unambiguous ways that the crisis of the 1990s was long in the making, the authors offer an alternative explanation for Japan's postwar political-economic trajectory and a better understanding of the challenges that Japan currently faces.

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Acknowledgments

I. The Misunderstood Country

1. The Japan That Never Was
2. How Different Is Different? Bureaucrats, Politicians, and Economic Policy Making in Postwar Japan

II. Political Economics in a Capitalist Japan

3. The Problem of Japanese Industrial Policy
4. Management Practices and Labor Relations: A Japanese System or Economic Incentives?
5. The Postwar Japanese Economy: From High Growth to Structural Adjustment

III. Politics and Policy Making in a Democratic Nation

6. The Electoral Origins of Japan's Economic Policies
7. Political Change and Economic Policy Making
8. Postwar Japanese Politics: From LDP Predominance to Coalition Politics

IV. Japan in the New Millennium

9. The Past in Japan's Political-Economic Future

Notes

References

Index

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Date de parution 01 février 2012
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EAN13 9780791485293
Langue English
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The Japan That Never Was
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THE JAPAN THAT NEVER WAS
Explaining the Rise and Decline of a Misunderstood Country
DickBeason DennisPatterson
State University of New York Press
Published by State University of New York Press, Albany
© 2004 State University of New York
All rights reserved
Printed in the United States of America
No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission. No part of this book may be stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means including electronic, electro-static, magnetic tape, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise without the prior permission in writing of the publisher.
For information, address State University of New York Press 90 State Street, Suite 700, Albany, NY 12207
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Beason, Dick, 1958– The Japan that never was : explaining the rise and decline of a misunderstood country / Dick Beason, Dennis Patterson p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-7914-6039-8 (alk. paper).0-714-6040-1 (pbk. : alk. paper) ISBN 1. Japan—Economic policy—1945–1989. 2. Japan—Economic policy— 1989– 3. Japan—Politics and government—1945–1989. 4. Japan— Politics and government—1989– 5. Industrial policy—Japan. 6. Structural adjustment (Economic policy)—Japan. I. Patterson, Dennis Patrick, 1953– II. Title.
ISBN-13: 978-0-7914-6039-9(alk. Paper) — ISBN-13: 978-0-7914-6040-5 (pbk. : alk. Paper)
HC462.9.B375 2004 338.952—dc21
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Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
CONTENTS
I. The Misunderstood Country 1. The Japan That Never Was 2. How Different Is Different? Bureaucrats, Politicians, and Economic Policy Making in Postwar Japan
II. Political Economics in a Capitalist Japan 3. The Problem of Japanese Industrial Policy 4. Management Practices and Labor Relations: A Japanese System or Economic Incentives? 5. The Postwar Japanese Economy: From High Growth to Structural Adjustment
III. Politics and Policy Making in a Democratic Nation 6. The Electoral Origins of Japan’s Economic Policies 7. Political Change and Economic Policy Making 8. Postwar Japanese Politics: From LDP Predominance to Coalition Politics
IV. Japan in the New Millennium 9. The Past in Japan’s Political-Economic Future Notes References Index
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TABLES AND FIGURES
Table 3.1 Rates of Growth of Japanese Industries Table 3.2 Industrial Policy and Economic Growth Table 3.3 Industrial Policy Support and Sectoral Growth Table 3.4 Industry Scale and Industrial Policy Table 3.5 Impact of Targeting on Productivity Growth Figure 4.1 Lifetime Employment Earnings-Productivity Profile Table 5.1 Growth of Japanese Exports, 1946–1995 Table 6.1 Farmer Support for the Liberal Democratic Party Table 6.2 LDP Support from Japanese Living in Rural Areas Table 6.3 LDP Support from Small- and Medium-Size Business Owners Table 7.1 Bankruptcy Data for Small- and Medium-Size Firms, 1960–1981 Table 7.2 FILP Recipients and Expenditure Categories Table 7.3 Political, Economic, Bureaucratic, and Time Influences on the Amount of Government Finance Provided to Small Business Table 7.4 Japan’s Fiscal Stimulus Packages, 1987–1998 Table 7.5 Politics, Pressure, and the Use of Fiscal Stimulus Policies Table 8.1 Salient Issues and Their Electoral Impacts Table 8.2 Issue Scores and LDP Vote Shares, 1958–1996 Table 8.3 Issue Impacts on the LDP’s Electoral Fortunes Table 8.4 LDP Lower-House Vote Shares: Long-Term and Short-Term Components
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