EIJS Working Papers Series
Diverging Accounts of Japanese Policymaking
Abstract: In this paper different schools of Japanese policymaking
are classified according to two variables: a) Defense/criticism of Japanese
practices; and b) Number of actors. Then the common focal point of all such
schools on the relevant actors and their relationships is reiterated and
discussed. Finally, departing from Quansheng Zhao’s Japanese Policymaking:
The Politics Behind Politics: Informal Mechanisms and the Making of China
Policy (Oxford UP, 1995), culture and informal mechanisms in Japanese
Foreign Policy are discussed. The paper is concluded by a few remarks about
the connection between the concepts of policymaking and power, and the
usefulness of cultural explanations.
Keywords: Japanese policymaking; cultural mechanisms; informal mechanisms; power; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: A00; (follow links to similar papers)
20 pages, February 9, 2001
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