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Japanese Prefectures and Policymaking


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Steven R. Reed is on the faculty of policy studies at Chuo University, Hachioji City, Tokyo, Japan.


"[Reed] evaluates the distribution of influence in Japanese intergovernmental relations through detailed case studies of three policy areas (pollution control, housing, and high-school education). . . . His major findings are that neither legal nor financial authority is necessarily related to influence; that control over information does make a difference; that the substantive merits of a case can provide effective leverage in intergovernmental negotiating; that the least-interested party in a venture often exerts the greatest influence; but that, in the end, the single most important factor accounting for influence is politics."
--American Political Science Review
"This small volume makes important contributions to both Japanese and comparative studies in the neglected but important field of intergovernmental relations. . . . The excellent review of the postwar evolution of local government shows that while the Occupation-imposed decentralized system suffered a 'reverse course' to become fairly docile and reliant on the national government for policy and support in the drive for economic development, it was not up to the prewar level of centralization."
--Pacific Affairs
"We have in Reed's study an exceptionally enlightening . . . approach to studying policymaking. It is systematic, lucid, and often very insightful. Best of all, it is well written throughout."
--Journal of Japanese Studies

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