- Series: Cornell Studies in Political Economy
- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (February 13, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801484944
- ISBN-13: 978-0801484940
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,036,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Disparaged Success: Labor Politics in Postwar Japan (Cornell Studies in Political Economy) 1st Edition
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"Provides a comprehensive articulation of the liberal interpretation of postwar labor-management accommodation in Japan."―H-Net Reviews
"Ikuo Kume's Disparaged Success offers a fresh view . . .His revisionist argument sounds fascinating and encouraging. It is indeed refreshing to hear such applause for the Japanese model from today's standpoint. Yet the book is not obsolete even under the much changed economic conditions of today, and it stands as a benchmark in the study of Japanese labor politics. . . . the book promises o fuel a controversial debate on equality, fairness and the quality of Japanese lives. This classic issue has contemporary relevance. given the rising unemployment rates and the problem of labor redundancy."―Social Science Japan Journal. v. 3, #1, 2000.
"Disparaged Success is one of the few English-written books that comprehensively examines the postwar development of labor politics and industrial relations, and this makes the book highly valuable. Kume's book is also important in that it is one of the first attempts to explain labor politics in Japan from an explicitly comparative perspective, putting the Japanese case in the context of analytic frameworks used by studies of labor politics in other industrialized countries."―Akira Suzuki, Hosei University. Journal of Asian Studies. August 2000
"Ikuo Kume presents a detailed and omplex analysis of why labor unions in Japan are an anomaly among industrialized economies. Japanese labor unions are enterprise-based and structurally highly decentralized. Yet unions in Japan have gained in importance and imfluence since the 1960's. Union leaders continue to influence corporate and national labor policy even though Japan, similar to other industralized societies, is undergoing a conservative swing as well as a decade-old economic crisis. . . Kume uses a framework that is based on the concept of political opportunity as unions became incorporated into government-management coalitions through the development of social networks that seek cooperation rather than confrontation. . . Thoughtful. . . Analytic."―Jon P. Alston, Texas A&M University. Journal of Asian Business, Vol. 16
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