Changing Politics in Japan by Ikuo KabashimaChanging Politics in Japan by Ikuo Kabashima

Changing Politics in Japan

byIkuo Kabashima, Gill Steel

Paperback | May 13, 2010

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Changing Politics in Japan is a fresh and insightful account of the profound changes that have shaken up the Japanese political system and transformed it almost beyond recognition in the last couple of decades. Ikuo Kabashima—a former professor who is now Governor of Kumamoto Prefecture—and Gill Steel outline the basic features of politics in postwar Japan in an accessible and engaging manner. They focus on the dynamic relationship between voters and elected or nonelected officials and describe the shifts that have occurred in how voters respond to or control political elites and how officials both respond to, and attempt to influence, voters. The authors return time and again to the theme of changes in representation and accountability.

Kabashima and Steel set out to demolish the still prevalent myth that Japanese politics are a stagnant set of entrenched systems and interests that are fundamentally undemocratic. In its place, they reveal a lively and dynamic democracy, in which politicians and parties are increasingly listening to and responding to citizens' needs and interests and the media and other actors play a substantial role in keeping democratic accountability alive and healthy. Kabashima and Steel describe how all the political parties in Japan have adapted the ways in which they attempt to organize and channel votes and argue that contrary to many journalistic stereotypes the government is increasingly acting in the "the interests of citizens"—the median voter's preferences.

Title:Changing Politics in JapanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.27 inPublished:May 13, 2010Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801476003

ISBN - 13:9780801476006

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Citizens and Elites in the Construction of the LDP System
3. Party and Voter Dealignment: The LDP System Disintegrates
4. Changing Media, Changing Politics
5. Citizens and the Prime Minister
6. Representation and Policymaking under LDP Administrations iin the Post-1955 System
7. Voters and the Democratic Party of Japan
8. Afterword: Where to Now?

Appendix A. The National Diet
Appendix B. ASSK Survey Questions and Coding
Appendix C. The Japan Election Study II

Editorial Reviews

"Changing Politics in Japan provides an up-to-date, integrated, and historically salient argument about the links between parties, politicians, and elections in postwar Japan. Ikuo Kabashima and Gill Steel expand on the rising role of the media and changes in the nature of the Japanese bureaucracy."—T. J. Pempel, University of California, Berkeley