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Transformation, governance and the state in the Japanese context

in Understanding governance in contemporary Japan
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This chapter sets out the significance of state transformation in Japan after the 1980s. In response to the change of society and the resulting challenge of governance, the Japanese state has been transformed with the change of power at the core, like its counterparts elsewhere. As the process can be regarded as the reconstitution of the state, focusing on the state at a macro level, an approach that challenges the previously dominant approaches of pluralist and rational choice, is key to addressing this question. This book adopts an elitist account, locating power at the centre of the state, with the view that the central state is the key locus which is afforded particular and asymmetric resources that allow it to act as the dominant actor in influencing and steering society.

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