Contemporary Japanese Politics: Institutional Changes and Power Shifts

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Columbia University Press, 2013/09/24 - 352 ページ
Decentralized policymaking power in Japan had developed under the reign of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), yet in the1990s, institutional changes fundamentally altered Japan's political landscape. Tomohito Shinoda tracks these developments in the operation of and tensions between Japan's political parties and the public's behavior in elections, as well as in the government's ability to coordinate diverse policy preferences and respond to political crises. The selection of Junichiro Koizumi, an anti-mainstream politician, as prime minister in 2001 initiated a power shift to the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and ended LDP rule. Shinoda details these events and Prime Minister Koizumi's use of them to practice strong policymaking leadership. He also outlines the institutional initiatives introduced by the DPJ government and their impact on policymaking, illustrating the importance of balanced centralized institutions and bureaucratic support.
 

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Introduction
1
1 Japanese Politics Under the LDP
11
2 The Politics of Institutional Reform
47
3 Institutional Changes and Koizumis Leadership
76
4 Electoral Changes and Their Impact
118
5 Hatoyamas Antibureaucratic Stance
153
6 Kans Struggle in the Government and the DPJ
183
7 Institutions and Political Leadership
215
Developments Under the Abe Cabinet
230
Appendix 1
237
Appendix 2
239
Notes
241
Bibliography
285
Index
319
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Tomohito Shinoda is professor of international relations at the International University of Japan. His publications include Koizumi Diplomacy: Japan's Kantei Approach in Foreign and Defense Affairs and Leading Japan: The Role of the Prime Minister.

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