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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2008

GOV 321M • Politics in Japan

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39235 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
GAR 2.128
Maclachlan, P

Course Description

This course surveys themes and topics in the domestic politics of postwar Japan. We begin the course with an analysis of the Allied Occupation and the development of postwar political institutions, and then explore a range of different subjects, including the evolving government-business relationship, the electoral and political party systems, citizen participation in politics in the environmental and consumer spheres, policy toward women and minorities, the media in politics, and the ongoing political and economic reform process. All topics will be addressed from a theoretical and comparative perspective.

Grading Policy

1. Book review (5 pgs): 15% 2. Midterm exam: 15% 3. Paper proposal (1 page): 5% 4. Research paper (10 pages): 40% 5. Take-home exam (6-8 pages): 25%


1. Andrew Gordon, Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present. Oxford University Press, 2003. 2. Gerald Curtis, The Logic of Japanese Politics. Columbia University Press, 1999. 3. Jacob M. Schlesinger, Shadow Shoguns: The Rise and Fall of Japan's Postwar Political Machine. Stanford University Press, 1999. 4. Robin LeBlanc, Bicycle Citizens: The Political World of the Japanese Housewife. University of California Press, 1999.


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