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Growing Democracy in Japan: The Parliamentary Cabinet System since 1868

Brian Woodall


The March 2011 disasters exposed the ineffectiveness of Japan’s political leaders, evoking three broad questions. First, why did the Kan cabinet fail to provide effective leadership in response to the disasters and why was a succession of governments unable to guide Japan out of the seemingly interminable economic malaise of the “lost decades”? The fact that Japan’s leaders possess similar powers to those of counterparts in other democratic polities suggests that a dysfunctional cabinet system is the culprit. So why is it that Japan has parliamentary democracy in form but not in practice? ... More

Keywords: Japanese politics, cabinets, parliamentary system, Westminster model, comparative politics, institutions, institutionalization, historical institutionalism, critical juncture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780813145013
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813145013.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Woodall, author