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Environmental Politics in Japan : Networks of Power and Protest - Jeffrey Broadbent

Environmental Politics in Japan

Networks of Power and Protest

Paperback Published: 6th December 1999
ISBN: 9780521665742
Number Of Pages: 440

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Japan experienced rapid industrial growth after World War II, but its economic miracle brought dramatic environmental deterioration. In the early 1970s, as local protest movements grew more vocal, the Japanese government moved relatively swiftly to regulate industrial pollution and succeeded in reducing its air and water pollution, but not many other environmental problems. This book analyzes the social, cultural, and political-economic causes of Japan's dramatic environmental damage and eventual partial restoration from 1955 to 1995. A case of regional heavy industrial growth and environmental protest in rural Japan provides the local details of how pro-growth and pro-environment coalitions mobilized, struggled, and affected policy outcomes in Japan. The author uses the case-study finding to comment on sociological and political science theories about the effects of culture and social structure on state policy-making, social control, protest movement mobilization and success, and environmental problem-solving.

'An essential and original contribution to the understanding of modern Japan.' Mutations Asiatiques '... an excellently researched and clearly written contribution to the study of comparative and international environmental politics.' Asian Journal of Political Science

List of figures and tables
Preface
Growth versus the environment in Japan
Visions and realities of growth
Protest and policy change
Movement startups
Protest against landfill No. 8
Under the machine
The Governor gives in
Contested consensus
Pyrrhic victories
Power, protest, and political change
Meso-networks and macro-structures
Oita Prefecture and Japan National Growth and environmental key events: 1955-1980
Pollution legislation at prefectural and national levels: 1964-1985
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521665742
ISBN-10: 0521665744
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 6th December 1999
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.61