Japanese Government and Politics (Key Issues in Asian Studies) (Paperback)
This volume takes a comparative approach to Japanese politics, covering topics such as political parties and elections, civil society, bureaucracy, and foreign relations. Grounded in a discussion of democracy's historical development since the Meiji period, each chapter encourages readers to think critically and comparatively about political processes and their outcomes, situating Japan regionally and as a wealthy, democratic nation. The goal is to offer students of government insight into how democracy works--and doesn't, for that matter--and can illustrate the fact that strengthening democratic institutions is an ongoing struggle throughout much of the world, including Japan.
Lauren McKee is Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies at Berea College.