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- DescriptionThe Liberal Democratic Party, which dominated postwar Japan, lost power in the early 1990s. During that same period, Japan's once stellar ecomy suffered stagnation and collapse. Now a well-kwn commentator on contemporary Japan traces the political dynamics of the country to determine the reasons for these changes and the extent to which its political and ecomic systems have been permanently altered.T. J. Pempel contrasts the political ecomy of Japan during two decades: the 1960s, when the nation experienced conservative political dominance and high growth, and the early 1990s, when the bubble ecomy collapsed and electoral politics changed. The different dynamics of the two periods indicate a regime shift in which the present political ecomy deviates profoundly from earlier forms. This shift has involved a transformation in socioecomic alliances, political and ecomic institutions, and public policy profile, rendering Japanese politics far less predictable than in the past. Pempel weighs the Japanese case against comparative data from the United States, Great Britain, Sweden, and Italy to show how unusual Japan's political ecomy had been in the 1960s. Regime Shift suggests that Japan's present troubles are deeply rooted in the ecomy's earlier success. It is a much-anticipated work that offers an original framework for understanding the critical changes that have affected political and ecomic institutions in Japan.
- Author BiographyT. J. Pempel is Jack M. Forcey Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the coeditor of Crisis as Catalyst: Asia's Dynamic Political Economy, also from Cornell, and Japan in Crisis: What Will It Take for Japan to Rise Again?
- Author(s)T. J. Pempel
- PublisherCornell University Press
- Date of Publication05/11/1998
- SubjectEconomics: Professional & General
- Series TitleCornell Studies in Political Economy
- Place of PublicationIthaca
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCornell University Press
- Content Note2 tables, 2 charts/graphs
- Weight714 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine18 mm
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