Japan under the DPJ The Politics of Transition and Governance

ISBN-10: 1931368333

ISBN-13: 9781931368339

Edition: 2013

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The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) came to power in 2009 with a commanding majority, ending fifty years of almost uninterrupted Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) rule. What explains the DPJ's rapid rise to power? Why has policy change under the DPJ been limited, despite high expectations and promises of bold reform? Why has the party been paralyzed by internecine conflict? This volume examines the DPJ's ascendance and its policies once in power. Chapters in the volume cover: DPJ candidate recruitment, the influence of media coverage, nationalization of elections, electoral system constraints on policy change, the role of third parties, municipal mergers, the role of women, transportation policy, fiscal decentralization, information technology, response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, security strategy, and foreign policy. Japan under the DPJ makes important contributions to the study of Japanese politics, while drawing upon and advancing scholarship on a wider range of issues of interest to political scientists. Contributors include Kenneth McElwain (University of Michigan), Ethan Scheiner (University of California--Davis), Steven Reed (Chuo University, Japan ), Kay Shimizu (Columbia University), Daniel Smith (Stanford University), Robert Pekkanen (University of Washington), Ellis Krauss (University of California--San Diego), Yukio Maeda (University of Tokyo), Linda Hasunuma (Franklin and Marshall College), Alisa Gaunder (Southwestern University), Christopher Hughes (University of Warwick, UK), and Daniel Sneider (Stanford University).
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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
Publication date: 8/21/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386

Tables and Figures
The Rise and Fall of the Democratic Party of Japan
Electoral Structure
The Nationalization of Japanese Elections
Alternative Models of Estimating the Partisan Swing
The Electoral System and Japan's Partial Transformation: Party System Consolidation without Policy Realignment
The Survival of "Third Parties" in Japan's Mixed-Member Electoral System
Electoral Consequences of Municipal Mergers
Building a Party: Candidate Recruitment in the Democratic Party of Japan, 1996-2012
Party of Origin of All DPJ Candidates in House of Representatives Elections, 1996-2012
SMD Contests with a Kobo-Recruited New DPJ Candidate, 2000-12
The Development of DPJ Partisanship From a Fraction to a Majority (and Back Again?)
Procedure for Extracting News on the DPJ from the Database; Time-Series Diagnoses
Domestic Policy
A Casualty of Political Transformation? The Politics of Energy Efficiency in the Japanese Transportation Sector
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Policy in a Post-LDP Japan: Caught Between Distributive Politics and Strategic Policy Again?
Decentralization and the Democratic Party of Japan
The DPJ and Women: The Limited Impact of the 2009 Alternation of Power on Policy and Governance
Foreign Policy
The Democratic Party of Japan's New (but Failing) Grand Security Strategy: From "Reluctant Realism" to "Resentful Realism"?
The New Asianism: Japanese Foreign Policy under the Democratic Party of Japan
Disaster Response
The DPJ's Political Response to the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
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