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Party in power : the Japanese Liberal-Democrats and policy-making

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Title: Party in power : the Japanese Liberal-Democrats and policy-making
Author(s): Fukui, Haruhiro
Date published: 1970
Publisher: Canberra, ACT : Australian National University Press
Description: 
Japan's Liberal-Democratic Party has been continuously in power since it was formed in 1955. It has therefore been responsible for virtually all the important policy decisions made since that time in the name of the Japanese government, and it is likely to remain in this position of power for many years to come. The book focuses attention particularly on the processes involved in the formulation of controversial policies. Emphasising the importance of organisation factors and group environment, Dr Fukui examines the party membership, its organisation, intra-party factionalism, and the connection with extra-party support groups. He goes on to analyse in detail some of the more important issues with which the government has been involved in recent years. This is the first study of policy-making in Japan's party in power. The writer has combined the historical approach with an analysis of all aspects of the party. He presents a picture of one side of the Japanese political scene which is a most important jumping-off point for future comparative studies of political parties. For Western readers, and particularly political scientists, it provides some surprising insights into contemporary Japanese politics, and is essential reading for the complete understanding of Japan today.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/115041

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