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Building Policy Legitimacy in Japan

Political Behaviour beyond Rational Choice

  • Takayuki¬†Sakamoto

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: Policy Legitimacy, Unpopular Legislation and the Limits of Self-Interest

  3. Theoretical Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
  4. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Takayuki Sakamoto
      Pages 41-74
    3. Takayuki Sakamoto
      Pages 75-97
    4. Takayuki Sakamoto
      Pages 99-133
  5. Conclusion

    1. Takayuki Sakamoto
      Pages 135-149
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 151-213

About this book

Introduction

Why do politicians sometimes make unpopular or contested policies that could damage their electoral prospects? This is the question Sakamoto tries to answer. Political scientists have long claimed that political behaviour can be explained as actors' self-interested goal-seeking behaviour. But Sakamoto demonstrates that politicians sometimes show behaviour that goes beyond the narrow confines of self-interest and that 'policy legitimacy' is the factor that can preempt or override the forces of self-interest and makes possible the implementation of contested policies by using the case of Japan. This innovative study will be of interest to students of Japanese politics, legislative studies and of rational choice theory.

Keywords

Policy politics Rational Choice

Authors and affiliations

  • Takayuki¬†Sakamoto
    • 1
  1. 1.Nanzan UniversityNagoyaJapan

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