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Environmental Politics in Japan

Environmental Politics in Japan
Networks of Power and Protest

  • Date Published: December 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521665742

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  • After World War Two, Japan attained economic growth but suffered environmental disaster. In response to massive protest in the 1960s and 1970s, the Japanese government rapidly reduced the worst air and water pollution. Jeffrey Broadbent's case study of industrial growth and pollution in a rural Japanese prefecture explains this response while testing political, social movement and environmental theory. The state, conservative political party and big business pushed rampant growth until movements posed a political and disruptive challenge. Then, the elites passed some pollution control, but also demobilized local protest, quashed discontent, and prevented the formation of national environmental groups. Without the protest threat, business stymied other government pollution-control plans. The interaction of material, institutional and cultural factors, especially informal institutions, explained the dominance of actors and the pattern of outcomes. Through this syncretic lens in a non-Western setting, this study refines our theories of the state, protest movements, political process, and environmental problems.

    • Japan has had dramatic economic success, and equally dramatic environmental problems; no good account yet available of how Japan came to grips with them so successfully
    • Uses Japanese case to test Western social theories - do they hold true in a different cultural setting?
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    'An essential and original contribution to the understanding of modern Japan.' Mutations Asiatiques

    '… an excellently researched and clearly written contribution to the study of comparative and international environmental politics.' Asian Journal of Political Science

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    • Date Published: December 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521665742
    • length: 440 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures and tables
    Preface
    1. Growth versus the environment in Japan
    2. Visions and realities of growth
    3. Protest and policy change
    4. Movement startups
    5. Protest against landfill No. 8
    6. Under the machine
    7. The Governor gives in
    8. Contested consensus
    9. Pyrrhic victories
    10. Power, protest, and political change
    Appendix 1: Meso-networks and macro-structures
    Appendix 2: Oita Prefecture and Japan National Growth and environmental key events:
    1955–1980
    Appendix 3: Pollution legislation at prefectural and national levels:
    1964–1985
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Jeffrey Broadbent, University of Minnesota

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