© 1999

Building Policy Legitimacy in Japan

Political Behaviour beyond Rational Choice


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


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.


Policy politics Rational Choice

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Nanzan UniversityNagoyaJapan

About the authors

TAKAYUKI SAKAMOTO is Assistant Professor of Political Science, Faculty of Law, Nanzan University (Japan). He was also the recipient of Fulbright-Hays Dissertion Fellowship, University of California Institute on Global Conflict. His current research focuses on comparative political economic policy-making.

Bibliographic information


'The argument is clearly and directly presented...the book is rich in interesting details...' - Journal of Asian Studies