Local Voices, National Issues
The Impact of Local Initiative in Japanese Policy-Making
Studies in local initiative and center-local relations in Japan.
Local Voices, National Issues represents a new wave of scholarly interest in local politics and center-local relations in Japan that has been stimulated by the end of the cold war, increasing internationalization, and the issue of "reform." Katherine Tegtmeyer Pak studies nongovernmental organizations and local internationalization; Sheila A. Smith analyzes the controversial issue of U.S. military bases in Okinawa under former Governor Ota; Patricia L. Maclachlan deals with calls for reform brought about by revelations of corruption and unethical practices among local bureaucrats; and Theodore J. Gilman explores urban redevelopment politics and policy-making in Omuta. Ellis S. Krauss provides a history of scholarship on local politics and center-local relations in his introduction, and Patricia G. Steinhoff prepares the groundwork for future research by exploring the various relationships between kan (officials) and min (people) found in the new wave of research presented here.
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"Local Voices, National Issues is a rare combination in the world of edited volumes: a slim collection of essays notable fore the coherence of their objectives, the richness of their content, and the uniformly even quality of their written presentation."
--Robin Leblanc, Governance, Volume 15, No. 1 (2002)
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