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開講年度 2017年度 開講箇所 政治経済学部
Political Process 01

担当教員 田中 愛治
学期曜日時限 春学期  木5時限
科目区分 政治学-必修科目以外 配当年次 1年以上 単位数 2
使用教室 3-502 キャンパス 早稲田
科目キー 11G1001070 科目クラスコード 01
授業で使用する言語 英語
  コース・コード POLX111L
大分野名称 政治学
中分野名称 政治学
小分野名称 現代政治/政治過程
レベル 初級レベル(入門・導入) 授業形態 講義


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副題 Contemporary Japanese Politics

Course Description:  This course tries to provide basic knowledge of contemporary Japanese politics and tries to describe how politics works in today’s Japan.  However, this course is neither intended to offer journalistic view of contemporary Japanese politics nor to follow what going on everyday in Japan’s political arena.  Instead, this course tries to offer the basic scope and method to look at contemporary Japanese politics from academic perspectives of political science.  In other words, through this course (through my lectures) I will try to teach three points.  First, I want you to learn how you should look at contemporary Japanese politics and understand structure of those political phenomena.  Second, you should understand the difference between journalistic approach to contemporary Japanese politics that basically follows what is going on everyday in the central political community of Japan, namely “Nagata-cho”, and academic approach to contemporary Japanese politics that tries to explain how and why those political phenomena happened.  Third, therefore, I wish to teach you how to explain why those political phenomena happened, namely to explain the causal relationship between several causal factors and political phenomenon that you are interested in.

授業の到達目標 This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the following:
1) Major institutions, actors, and events in contemporary Japanese politics.
2) How Japan fits into the broader family of democratic polities.
3) How we can use the cumulartive knowledge of political science to understand the changes of postwar Japanese politics.
Class 1: Course Overview

Basic Characteristics of Japanese Political System in comparison with major democratic political systems.

Class 2: Political Institutions

An introduction to Japanese political institutions, such as the executive, legislature, and local government, and major political parties.

Class 3: The Electoral Systems
Examines the linkage between electoral institutions and outcomes, drawing on comparative cases and theories.
Class 4: Political Party System -- the LDP Dominance

Describing Japanse Party System and the dominance of the Liberal Democratic Party.

Class 5: Party Organization -- the Case of the LDP

Characteristics of Party Orgnization of the LDP in comparing with other parites.

Class 6: Outcomes of the Elections in the past 3 decades
How have political parties been competing each other in the postwar Japan?
Class 7: Political Leadership and Prime Ministerial Turnover
Analyzes the determinants and effects of rapid PM turnover over the postwar period.
Class 8: Quiz as a mid-term exam.

A Quiz and the overview of the first half.

Class 9: Public Opinions and Voting Behavior

How have partisanship of the Japanese voters changed in the post-war Japan?

Class 10: Analysing Policy Orientation

What do the "Liberal" orientation and the "Conservative" orientation mean in political science and in economics? Understanding of 4 dimensions of policy orientations in Japan.

Class 11: Policy-Making Process in a democratic politicsl system

What is the process of policy making of Japan.  Understand the political system of liberal democracy.

Class 12: Policy-Making: Industrial Policy and its Redistribution

Traces the development of the Iron Triangle system and debates the role of the Japanese government in the postwar economic miracle.

Class 13: Explaining the Dominance of the LDP through Policy Process

Three explanations of how and why the LDP has been in power so long in the Post-war Japan: (1) Electoral Institutions, (2) Political Culture, (3) Pork-Barrel Politics.

Class 14: Future of Japan: Discussion

Let us try to think about future problems and tasks of Japan.  Dicussion with other students.

Class 15: FINAL EXAM
Final Take-Home Exam is due.
教科書 Ethan Scheiner. 2006. Decmocracy without Competition in Japan: Opposition failure in a One-party Dominant State, Cambrige University Press.
参考文献 Krauss, Ellis S., and Robert J. Pekkanen. 2011. The Rise and Fall of Japan's LDP: Political Party Organizations as Historical Institutions. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. ISBN: 9780801476822
Richardson, Bradley M. 1997. Japanese Democracy: Power, Coordination, and Performance. New Haven: Yale University Press.
割合 評価基準
試験: 30% Quizzes
レポート: 50% Take-home final exam
平常点評価: 20% Class Participation




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