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Regime Shift: Comparative Dynamics of the Japanese Political Economy (Cornell Studies in Political Economy)

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"This fine collection goes beyond prevailing economic analyses. The well-argued and documented essays are tightly integrated in a common framework. . . .This first-rate contribution to the study of Asia's political economy in the era of globalization will benefit upper-level undergraduate and graduate students and researchers."―Choice. May 2, 2000.

"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?

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Product Details

  • Series: Cornell Studies in Political Economy
  • Hardcover: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801435323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801435324
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,860,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although experts on Japan may have some specific academic criticisms, these should not detract from the overall quality of Pempel's book. The book synthesises an extremely wide body of literature (both English and Japanese language) on Japan's modern political economy, especially less well-known or unorthodox ideas overlooked by many Western texts. As such, it deserves to become a standard in bringing students (in the widest sense of the term) up to a graduate, if not higher, level understanding. It would definitely also make enlightening reading to those Western policy makers and commentators on Japan who have yet to grasp the subtleties of Japan's rise and the even more complicated factors behind its current decline.
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Pempel convincingly argues in REGIME SHIFT that the major domestic and international changes taking place in Japan during the last decade or more have cumulatively resulted in a fundamental transformation in Japan's political economy. He then traces the consequences for Japan's present and future of this alteration. A major attempt to synthesize what others have seen as disparate, unconnected events and trends at both domestic and international levels into a coherent view of where Japan is and is going. Must reading for anyone interested in Japanese politics and economics, and its place in the world.
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since the 1982, the developmental state, articulated by Chalmers Johson in his infulential book 'MITI', has been the standard approach in the field of North East Asian studies at least in the circle of political economy. but the model of developmental state does not fit into the phenomenon since the 1980s, in SOuth Korea, and the 1973, in Japan. the bureacrats is not that autonoumous like the past, i.e. the rapid growth period, the ruling party proned to be the masters of fork barrel politics, and constituents were not that concensual like the past. there must be some 'shift'. Pempel's work is the attempt to provide a comprehensive framework to explain the shift in systematic and succinct way. his framework is based on the concept of 'regime' which is common in the field of comparative politics. I think he succeeded in that point.
but the concept of regime has some limitation: for example, it can't expalin why keiretsu or main bank system developed and why it has been disolved since 1980s. sure I know it was not Pempel's intention to include them. but to understand Japan or Korea, we should include big businesses. without them, explanation can't be comprehensive. it's the point of political economy, I think.
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