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Evolutionary and Institutional Economics Review

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 503–521 | Cite as

Welfare society and welfare state in the Japanese-type discourse on civil society

  • Nanako FujitaEmail author
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Abstract

This essay is a reexamination of the development of Japanese-type civil society theory from the analytical perspective of “welfare.” In postwar Japan a company-centric society was formed and dramatic economic growth was achieved, when the Japanese-type civil society theory came to uphold a center-left political ideology that examined the deficiencies of the Western–European-type welfare state and welfare state theory in Japan. But the welfare theory in Japanese-type civil society theory ultimately lacked a positive welfare state theory. From the 1970s to the 1980s, we could see the influence of “Japanese-type welfare society theory” that sought to bypass the welfare state and go directly to a welfare society, while Kiyoaki Hirata’s adoption of Gramsci could be positioned as an turning point in the history of this discourse where Japanese-type civil society theory crossed swords with “new civil society theory.”

Keywords

Civil society Welfare state Welfare society Japanese-type Régulation 

JEL Classification

B2 B3 H7 I3 N3 

Notes

Funding

This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant number 17K03643.

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Conflict of interest

The author states that there is no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate school of economicsNagoya City UniversityNagoya CityJapan

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