Japanese Democracy

michael michael at ecst.csuchico.edu
Wed Jul 15 08:06:22 PDT 1998

Brad's connection between Italy and Japan is apt. In both cases, the US worked hard to create such a hegemony in order to protect the country from a communist won election. I don't remember the details about Japan clearly. My source was from a New York Review of Books article from 20-30 years ago about a book that discussed the rise of the first post war prime minister in Japan.

Brad De Long wrote:

> But don't you feel that there was something... very wrong in the way the
> post-WWII Japanese political system worked out? Two generations of LDP
> hegemony (perhaps in a manner similar to CD hegemony in Italy) do not seem
> to me to have done much to advance those habits of heart and mind necessary
> if political democracy is to be much more than a hollow shell...

-- Michael Perelman Economics Department California State University Chico, CA 95929

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