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Policy analysis in Japan$
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Yukio Adachi, Sukehiro Hosono, and Jun Iio

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429841

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429841.001.0001

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Business associations and labour unions

Business associations and labour unions

Chapter:
(p.185) Twelve Business associations and labour unions
Source:
Policy analysis in Japan
Author(s):

Takao Akiyoshi

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847429841.003.0012

Chapter 12 analyses the features of policy analysis conducted by interest groups in the Japanese political system, which changed because of deregulation that began in the 1990s. This chapter looks at policy analysis by interest groups from the viewpoint of policy knowledge and discourse that are provided and formed through such analysis. It was found that policy analysis conducted by the interest groups provides experimental knowledge based on specific characteristics of the industry and experiences of policy implementation; policy analysis then forms the basis for policy discourse that expresses and justifies their interests in the policy debate. Furthermore, in order to consider policy analysis conducted by each interest group and the effects of the analysis on the policymaking process, this chapter examines the case of the re-regulation of taxi transportation and demonstrates how interest groups use discourse formed as a result of policy analysis to revise existing policy.

Keywords:   policy debate, policy knowledge, policy discourse, political strategy, discursive coalition, regulatory reform

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