Electoral Reform and National Security in Japan: From Pork by Amy Catalinac

By Amy Catalinac

Japan is the third-largest economic climate on the earth and a key best friend of the us. but the determinants of jap protection coverage usually are not good understood. The query of why Japan by no means sought the self sufficient army functions that will be commensurate with its fiscal energy has wondered students of diplomacy for many years. employing new instruments for the quantitative research of textual content to a brand new number of 7,497 Japanese-language election manifestos utilized in elections among 1986 and 2009, this e-book argues that the electoral recommendations politicians within the ruling social gathering have been compelled to undertake below Japan's previous electoral process made it terribly tricky for them to target defense matters and to alter defense coverage. It used to be purely while their electoral suggestions shifted after electoral reform in 1994 that those similar politicians grew to become in a position to watch out and alter safeguard policy.

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