Political Science | Business and Public Policy in Japan
Y657 | 28241 | Kasza

This section meets with E394; E505; and Y401
This section does not require course authorization

Japan was the first country outside the West to take its place among
the worldís fully industrialized democracies, and it has been one of
the most widely discussed and emulated models of politico-economic
development.  This course combines an in-depth descriptive survey of
Japanís political economy with a discussion of relevant theoretical
approaches and debates.  Graduate students must attend the
undergraduate lecture hours and will also hold separate meetings
periodically with the professor.

The course will cover the following topics:
	---a brief history of Japanís economic development
	---civil society explanations of Japanís political economy,
including such elements as business concentration, factory
management, and the employment system
	---statist explanations of the political economy, covering
the party system, the bureaucracy, financial institutions, industrial
policy, and the peripheral policy areas of welfare and the environment
	---the sources of Japanís economic travails of the past 15
years, especially the economic crash of the 1990s and the coming
demographic/welfare crisis
	---US-Japan economic relations, including sector-specific
trade disputes, the macro-level problem of the trade imbalance, and
steps toward liberalization

Work for graduate students will include readings supplementary to the
undergraduate requirements and a medium-length research paper (20
pp.) to be designed in consultation with the professor.  The extra
readings will include relevant theoretical works and comparative
research.  The paper projects will enable students to pursue their
individual interests; comparative projects are possible for those who
already possess basic knowledge of another country or countries.

Note: Above section does not require authorization.