The Left in the Shaping of Japanese Democracy by David Williams
(RoutledgeCurzon/Leiden Series on Modern East Asian Politics & History)

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Leftist thought and activism stands as a defining force in the articulation of political culture and policy in modern Japan. Operating from the periphery of formal political power for the most part, the Japanese Left has had an impact that extends far beyond its limited success at the ballot box. The essays that compose this Oxford Festschrift range over a wide set of themes including the tragic careers of two prewar left-wing martyrs (Goto-Jones); Hisashi Asô, the great Socialist apostate (Kersten); the Left’s evasion of constitutional sovereignty (Williams); the rise and fall of Nikkyô-sô (Aspinall); the Left’s impact on privatization and bureaucratic reform (Nakano); the demise of parliamentary Socialism (Hyde); the Left’s recent embrace of free market principles (Schoppa); critical Japan studies and American empire since ‘9.11’ (Williams); and history’s final judgment on the fate of this great political movement (Banno).

 

About David Williams

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Rikki Kersten is Professor of Modern Japan Studies at Leiden University, theNetherlands. She is the editor of our Routledge/Leiden Series in ModernEast Asian History and Politics.David Williams, one of Europe's leading thinkers on modern Japan, is theauthor of Japan: Beyond the End of History, Japan and the Enemies of OpenPolitical Science and Defending Japan's Pacific War, all published byRoutledge.
 
Published March 1, 2004 by Routledge. 216 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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