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

Fall 2009

GOV 321M • Politics in Japan

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39137 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
PAR 203
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. Quizzes: 15% 2. Midterm Exam #1: 20% 3. Midterm Exam #2: 25% (Students have the option of writing a 10-page research paper in lieu of an exam 4. Final Exam: 40%


1. Andrew Gordon, Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present. Oxford University Press, 2008 (2nd edition). 2. Gerald Curtis, The Logic of Japanese Politics. Columbia University Press, 1999. 3. Robert Pekkanen, Japan's Dual Society: Members Without Advocates. Cornell University Press, 2006. 4. Robin LeBlanc, Bicycle Citizens: The Political World of the Japanese Housewife. University of California Press, 1999. 5. Jacob M. Schlesinger, Shadow Shoguns: The Rise and Fall of Japan’s Postwar Political Machine. Sanford University Press, 1999. 6. Course reading packet.


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