"This is a 'must' book not only for Japan specialists but also for those interested in contemporary Japanese political economy from a comparative perspective."―Junko Kato, University of Tokyo. Journal of Japanese Studies.
"This book deserves to become a standard in bringing students (in the widest sense of the term) up to a graduate, if not higher, level understanding."―H-Net Reviews
"Pempel's book is a readable volume and each of the contributions is thoughtful, well researched, and has implications for managers who will have to continue to function in a world that is changing rapidly. . . . This volume was not specifically written for business managers, but managers will benefit greatly by reading it."―Dr. John E. Butler, The Nation, 2/1/2001
"T. J. Pempel has given us another of his challenging books. . . . This is an important book, and required reading for students of the Japanese political economy. . . . As one would expect, the book is a rich source of scholarship, in its notes directing students and other interested readers to the best of the relevant research. Its availability in paperback should enable the book to be set as a necessary text for courses on both Japanese and comparative politics. It is strongly recommended."―Alan Rix, University of Queensland. Asian Studies Review, March 2000
"The first half is an ambitious and serious attempt to describe the postwar political settlement and to explain how national specificities led Japan to an unusually egalitarian, low-unemployment society, with harmonious labor relations under right-wing government. The second half of the book also has much of interest to say on why stable regimes successfully readjusted or broke down from the late 1970s onward."―Leslie Hannah, Enterprise and Society. June 2000.
About the Author
T. J. Pempel is Jack M. Forcey Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the coeditor of Crisis as Catalyst: Asia's Dynamic Political Economy, also from Cornell, and Japan in Crisis: What Will It Take for Japan to Rise Again?