Clinton and Japan: The Impact of Revisionism on U.S. Trade Policy

Hardcover | November 26, 2009

byRobert M. Uriu

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This book chronicles how a controversial set of policy assumptions about the Japanese economy, known as revisionism, rose to become the basis of the trade policy approach of the Clinton administration. In the context of growing fear over Japan's increasing economic strength, revisionistsargued that Japan represented a distinctive form of capitalism that was inherently closed to imports and that posed a threat to U.S. high-tech industries. Revisionists advocated a "managed trade" solution in which the Japanese government would be forced to set aside a share of the market forforeign goods. The author describes the role that various American academics, government officials, and business leaders played in developing revisionist thought. Revisionism was at its peak just as the Clinton administration came into office. The author uses extensive interviews with policy makers to trace theinternal discussions inside the Clinton White House, which culminated in the adoption of revisionist policy and then to demands for "results-oriented" trade agreements during the Framework negotiations. This book details how Japan refused to accept these managed trade solutions, and fought todiscredit revisionism and to rally global support against American unilateralism.

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This book chronicles how a controversial set of policy assumptions about the Japanese economy, known as revisionism, rose to become the basis of the trade policy approach of the Clinton administration. In the context of growing fear over Japan's increasing economic strength, revisionistsargued that Japan represented a distinctive form...

Robert M. Uriu is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of California at Irvine. Professor Uriu is a specialist in international relations and international political economy. His region of expertise is East Asia, with an emphasis on Japan, U.S.-Japan relations, and American fo...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:November 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199280568

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Table of Contents

Setting the Stage: The Rise of Revisionism1. Explaining the Framework Negotiations2. Traditionalist Views and the Emergence of Revisionism3. "The Japan Problem": The Coalescence of the Revisionist ParadigmThe Clinton Transition: Institutionalizing Revisionist Assumptions4. Out with the Old, In with the New5. Implementing the New Japan PolicyContested Norms, Rejected Norms6. Getting to No: The Evolution of Japan's Rejectionist Line7. Negotiating the Framework: Doomed from the Start?8. The Auto End Game: From Potential Blowup to Anticlimax9. The Return to Balance