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The Japan That Never Was
Explaining the Rise and Decline of a Misunderstood Country
The Japan That Never Was
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Dick Beason - Author
Dennis Patterson - Author
Price: $50.00 
Hardcover - 226 pages
Release Date: March 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6039-8
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6039-9

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Paperback - 226 pages
Release Date: January 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6040-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6040-5

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Contests conventional wisdom on Japan's postwar economic success and its economic and political problems in the 1990s, providing a new account of these conditions.

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.

"Extremely well written and accessible, this book provides a nice review of the literature, and the authors do a good job of showing why the 1990s have perplexed so many scholars and analysts who had previously predicted the rise of Japanese economic hegemony (and the end of United States hegemony)." — Kenji Hayao, author of The Japanese Prime Minister and Public Policy

Dick Beason is Professor of Economics at the University of Alberta and the coauthor (with Jason James) of The Political Economy of Japanese Financial Markets: Myths versus Reality. Dennis Patterson is Professor of Political Science at Texas Tech University.


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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures

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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