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Advice and Consent : The Politics of Consultation in Japan - Frank J. Schwartz

Advice and Consent

The Politics of Consultation in Japan

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Published: 28th April 1998
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The postwar era has witnessed a pluralizing trend in Japan, but small sets of narrowly-focused interest groups still dominate policymaking. Over 200 small consultative councils (shingikai), composed of business people, bureaucrats, scholars, journalists, union members, and others, deliberate on virtually every aspect of public policy. This book reviews their functions and operations, and presents three case studies of specific governmental decisions involving the use of shingikai in the late 1980s.

'... this book is a valuable data resource. Published in 1998, when central government reform was being widely debated, it is also timely and useful in understanding the character of recent Japanese administrative reform. if students read the case studies carefully - especially the passages where Schwartz's interviewees give blow-by-blow accounts of specific debates - they will surely discover important materials for future studies in this area.' Social Science Japan Journal

Preface
Interest-group politics in Japan: competing interpretations
The Shingikai system
Shingikai in the spotlight
Amending Japan's labor constitution: revision of the labor standards act
Regulating the invisible giant: the introduction of financial futures markets
The god that fell: reducing the price of rice
Comparisons and conclusions
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ISBN: 9780521580489
ISBN-10: 052158048X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 343
Published: 28th April 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.66