The Politics of Oligarchy: Institutional Choice in Imperial Japan

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Februar 2007



This book examines the failure of the Meiji oligarchy to design institutions capable of protecting their hold on power in Japan.


List of tables and figure; Series editors' preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. The collapse of oligarchy: failed attempts at cartel-maintenance; 3. Concession or facade: the Meiji constitution; 4. Electoral rules and party competition: the struggle for political survival; 5. The bureaucracy: who ruled whom?; 6. The courts: who monitored whom?; 7. The military: master of its own fate; 8. Financial politics; 9. Railroad politics; 10. Cotton politics; 11. Conclusion: institutions and political control; Notes; References; Index.


"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
EAN: 9780521473972
ISBN: 0521473977
Untertitel: 'Political Economy of Instituti'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2007
Seitenanzahl: 248 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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