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Contemporary Japan (3rd Edition)

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 272
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Contemporary States and Societies

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Japan is one of the world's most important societies, yet remains one of the least understood. This book is designed to fill the gap for a concise but thought-provoking introduction to all aspects of the country's political,...

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Japan is one of the world's most important societies, yet remains one of the least understood. This book is designed to fill the gap for a concise but thought-provoking introduction to all aspects of the country's political, economic and social life set in a clear historical context.The author's starting-point is that the study of Japan is 'contested territory' where even such apparently simple questions such as 'Who is in charge?' spark considerable disagreement and controversy among experts. To understand contemporary Japan, Duncan McCargo argues, it is necessary to get to grips with a range of different perspectives on Japanese political and social structures. Integrating contrasting perspectives throughout, the core chapters of the book focus on the changing economy, government and politics, society and culture, and Japan's place in the wider world. The new third edition of this popular text has been fully revised and updated throughout to cover key developments such as the historic end of LDP rule in 2009. This accessible and lively book will be essential reading both for students and general readers who want to know more about this important country.

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  • An exceptionally broad-ranging introduction to Contemporary Japan spanning society, politics, economy and place in the world set in a historical and cultural context
  • Clearly and accessibly written assuming no prior knowledge but taking account of and presenting a range of different theories and assessments of Japan's performance and prospects
  • Thoroughly revised and updated throughout for third edition

Introduction: Themes and Debates
Historical Background
The Changing Political Economy
Governing Structures
Political Society: Parties and Opposition
Social Structure and Policy
Culture, Socialization and Civil Society
Japan's External Relations
Conclusion.

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Duncan McCargo is Professor in the School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds. He is also a visiting scholar at the Weatherhead East Asia Institute, Columbia University, USA.

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Duncan McCargo is Professor in the School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds. He is also a visiting scholar at the Weatherhead East Asia Institute, Columbia University, USA.

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