Japanese Government and Politics (Lauren McKee)
FEBRUARY 2023. AVAILABLE TO PREORDER NOW via the Columbia University Press website.
ISBN 9781952636356. 132 pages. Paperback.
This forthcoming volume in the AAS Key Issues in Asian Studies series takes a comparative approach to Japanese politics, covering topics such as political parties and elections, civil society, bureaucracy, and foreign relations. Grounded in a discussion of democracy’s historical development since the Meiji period, each chapter encourages readers to think critically and comparatively about political processes and their outcomes, situating Japan regionally and as a wealthy, democratic nation. The goal is to offer students of government insight into how democracy works—and doesn’t, for that matter—and can illustrate the fact that strengthening democratic institutions is an ongoing struggle throughout much of the world, including Japan.
Lauren McKee is Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies at Berea College.
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