Policy Analysis in Japan

Edited by Yuiko Adachi, Sukehiro Hosono, and Jun Iio

Policy Analysis in Japan

Edited by Yuiko Adachi, Sukehiro Hosono, and Jun Iio

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

352 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2015
Cloth $156.00 ISBN: 9781847429841 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only
In this new installment in Policy Press’s successful International Library of Policy Analysis series, Japanese scholars offer for the first time a detailed examination of the theory and practice of policy analysis systems in Japan. Together they make expert assessments of the extent to which the Japanese government has provided key policy actors with evidence-informed policy options and, thereby, improved the likelihood of better policies being adopted and implemented. Policy Analysis in Japan also assesses Japan’s future policy directions, allowing policy researchers and practitioners to draw a number of lessons from the Japanese experience. Featuring empirical case studies to aid teaching and further research, this collection will be a valuable resource for students, academics, and policy makers.
Contents
Introduction
Policy Analysis in Japan: The State of the Art ~ Yukio Adachi

Part I: Styles and Methods of Policy Analysis in Japan
Historical Background of Policy Analysis in Japan ~ Jun Iio
Beyond a Formal Approach?: Seeking Adequate Policy Analysis in Japan ~ Sukehiro Hosono
Policy Research Movement in Local Governments ~ Kimie Tsuchiyama' Policy Analysis and Normative Theory: With a Focus on Social Security Policies ~ Wataru Sano
Law and public policy in contemporary Japan ~ Makoto Usami

Part II: Policy Analysis in Japanese Governments
Policy Analysis and Policy Process in Japanese Government ~ Jun Iio
In-House Think Tanks of Ministries: Their Functions and Limitations in Policy Formulation ~ Hideaki Tanaka
A Policy Analysis of the Japanese Diet from the Perspective of ‘Legislative Supporting Agencies’
~ Jun Makita
Councils, Policy Analysis and Policy Evaluation ~ Kiyoshi Yamaya
Local Governments and Policy Analysis in Japan after World War II ~ Toshiyuki Kanai

Part III: Parties, Interest Group, Advocacy-Based Policy Analysis
Policy Analysis and Policymaking by Japanese Political Parties ~ Takahiro Suzuki
Business Associations and Labor Unions ~ Takao Akiyoshi
Current State of NPOs and the “New Public Commons”
~ Takafumi Tanaka
Think Tanks and Policy Analysis: Meeting the Challenges of Think ~ Tanks in Japan ~ Mika Shimizu
Policy Analysis in the Mass Media ~ Hirotsugu Koike

Part IV: Future Directions of Policy Analysis in Japan
Policy Education in Japan: A Study of Professional Graduate Public Policy Schools ~ Koichiro Agata
Job Market for Public Policy Program Graduates in Japan ~ Satoshi P. Watanabe
Conclusion: Future Directions of the Theory and Practice of Public Policy Analysis in Japan ~ Yukio Adachi.
Review Quotes
David L Weimer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Ministries with professional bureaucracies and dedicated think tanks undoubtedly contributed to Japanese postwar development. The distinguished editors of this volume make a strong case that Japanese public policy would now benefit from both increased policy analysis capability within the ministries and greater participation from policy analysts in the broader society.”
Frank Fischer, Rutgers University
“This book of essays on Japan is an especially important contribution to the study of comparative policy analysis, allowing policy scholars to understand the evolution of the field in Japan, but also to focus on the ways in which policy knowledge and practices travel.”
Takashi Inoguchi, University of Tokyo, Japan
“A marvelous work, introducing readers to their terra incognita of Japanese public policy analysis. The beauty of the volume is the comprehensive and concise coverage of concepts, methods, and substantive topics of public policy analysis as practiced in Japan. A must-read for public policy analysts and laymen alike.”
Professor Yang, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
“An excellent academic book that should be read deeply, thoroughly, and comprehensively in order to understand policy making in Japan.”
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