This chapter reviews recent political developments, paying attention to the two regulatory sectors and setting out the implications of this research and the subsequent political development under the re-emergent LDP-led Coalition government. The chapter first reviews developments under the LDP’s Abe administration since 2012. This is followed by arguments drawn from the case studies. The chapter first argues that the reconstitution of the Japanese state is the key characteristic of regulation and governance in Japan. Second, it highlights the significance of three points – accountability, independent implementation and frequent rule changes in response to circumstantial changes – within regulatory development, and characterises the cases of Japan, the UK and New Zealand within this framework. The chapter then pulls these elements together and reveals the nature of governance in Japan, offering implications for practitioners.
This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book attempts to convey the different sociological contexts for how contemporary anarchist theory and practice is to be understood. It concentrates on the issue of broadening the parameters of how anarchist theory and practice is conceptualised. The question of individual liberty and collective needs raises an equally important anarchist principle: equating the means of an action with its ends. The book compares the major philosophical differences and strategies between the classical period and the contemporary anti-capitalist movements. It assesses the viability of libertarian education, a century on from the life and work of Spanish writer and activist Francisco Ferrer and finds considerable evidence for the endurance of these ideals.
This chapter illustrates the importance of broadening the understanding of social anarchism. Social anarchism has shifted its ground as it has embraced some elements of poststructuralist philosophy. This shift in territory from social to poststructuralist anarchism is most noticeable and particularly important at two levels of theory. The first, and the one that underscores the others, is the poststructuralist denunciation of foundationalist discourses or narratives. The second shift in theoretical territory is less pronounced but nonetheless real. The chapter suggests that, when situated alongside the practices of new social movements associated with the anticapitalist protests, the poststructuralist perspective affords insight into how new modes of anarchist practice are emerging. It also highlights how anarchist theory and practice is evolving into something distinct and is, at the same time, nurturing contemporary modes of resistance against traditional social, political and economic forms of oppression.