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Author Curtis, Gerald L.
Title The logic of Japanese politics : leaders, institutions, and the limits of change / Gerald L. Curtis.
Published New York : Columbia University Press, c1999.
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 Floor3  JQ1631 .C87 1999    IN LIBRARY
Description xi, 303 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series Studies of the East Asian Institute
Studies of the East Asian Institute.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The logic of Japanese politics -- The politics of complacency -- The end of one-party dominance -- The rise and fall of coalition government -- The politics of electoral reform -- The LDPs's return to power -- Japan's uncertain political future.
Summary "Gerald Curtis has personally known most of the key players in Japanese politics for more than thirty years, and he draws on their candid comments to provide invaluable and graphic insights into the world of Japanese politics. By relating the behavior of Japanese political leaders to the institutions within which they must operate, Curtis makes sense out of what others have regarded as enigmatic or illogical." "Curtis rejects the notion that cultural distinctiveness and consensus are the defining elements of Japan's political decision making emphasizing instead the competition among and the profound influence of individuals operating within particular institutional contexts on the development of Japan's politics." "Scrutinizing and interpreting a complex and changing political system, this multi-layered chronicle reveals the dynamics of democracy at work - Japanese-style."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Japan -- Politics and government -- 1989-
Political culture -- Japan.
Collection Title Nippon Foundation.
ISBN 0231108427 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780231108423 (cloth : alk. paper)
0231108435 (pbk.)
9780231108430 (pbk.)
OCLC number 40813502