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The Politics of Oligarchy : Institutional Choice in Imperial Japan - J. Mark Ramseyer

The Politics of Oligarchy

Institutional Choice in Imperial Japan

Hardcover Published: 23rd February 2007
ISBN: 9780521473972
Number Of Pages: 248

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This book examines a key question of modern Japanese politics: why the Meiji oligarchs were unable to design institutions capable of protecting their power. The authors question why the oligarchs chose the political institutions they did, and what the consequences of those choices were for Japan's political competition, economic development, and diplomatic relations. Indeed, they argue, it was the oligarchs' very inability to agree among themselves on how to rule that prompted them to cut the military loose from civilian control--a decision that was to have disastrous consequences not only for Japan but for the rest of the world.

"What do Ramseyer and Rosenbluth contribute to our knowledge with this work? Two things merit attention in our opinion. First, they offer striking data to support their contention that politcal parties demonstrably affected the path of bureaucratic careers during the 1920's and 1930s...Second, we believe that Ramseyer and Rosenbluth are asking some of the right systematic-level questions. How did the system function, and what mechanisms supported its function? How was change achieved in the system? " Joseph Gownder and Robert Pekkanen, Journal of Japanese Studies "This book will be of interest to anyone wishing to understand modern Japan. It should be in all college and university libraries. The book is accessible to undergraduates, but will be of most use when read in conrast to more conventional treatments of modern Japan." Bernadette Lanciaux, Review of Radical Political Economics "The combination of a simple and clear economic model of politics with a carefully researched, detailed and nuanced array of empirical evidence makes this book both a compelling volume and a good read. ...a compelling account of why Japanese politics was not so very different after all..." Ellen Comisso, Jrnl of Comparative Economics

List of tables and figure
Series editors' preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
The collapse of oligarchy: failed attempts at cartel-maintenance
Concession or facade: the Meiji constitution
Electoral rules and party competition: the struggle for political survival
The bureaucracy: who ruled whom?
The courts: who monitored whom?
The military: master of its own fate
Financial politics
Railroad politics
Cotton politics
Conclusion: institutions and political control
Notes
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521473972
ISBN-10: 0521473977
Series: Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 23rd February 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.54