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Diverging Accounts of Japanese Policymaking




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.

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  • Hagström, Linus, 2001. "Diverging Accounts of Japanese Policymaking," EIJS Working Paper Series 102, Stockholm School of Economics, The European Institute of Japanese Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:eijswp:0102

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    Japanese policymaking; cultural mechanisms; informal mechanisms; power;

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    • A00 - General Economics and Teaching - - General - - - General

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