Building Policy Legitimacy in Japan

Political Behaviour beyond Rational Choice

Authors: Sakamoto, T.

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Why do politicians sometimes make unpopular or contested policies that could damage their electoral prospects? This is the question Sakamoto tries to answer. Political scientists have long claimed that political behaviour can be explained as actors' self-interested goal-seeking behaviour. But Sakamoto demonstrates that politicians sometimes show behaviour that goes beyond the narrow confines of self-interest and that 'policy legitimacy' is the factor that can preempt or override the forces of self-interest and makes possible the implementation of contested policies by using the case of Japan. This innovative study will be of interest to students of Japanese politics, legislative studies and of rational choice theory.

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TAKAYUKI SAKAMOTO is Assistant Professor of Political Science, Faculty of Law, Nanzan University (Japan). He was also the recipient of Fulbright-Hays Dissertion Fellowship, University of California Institute on Global Conflict. His current research focuses on comparative political economic policy-making.

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Building Policy Legitimacy in Japan
Book Subtitle
Political Behaviour beyond Rational Choice
Authors
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Takayuki Sakamoto
eBook ISBN
978-0-333-98281-5
DOI
10.1057/9780333982815
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-41561-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 213
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