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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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Policy analysis and policymaking by Japanese political parties

Policy analysis and policymaking by Japanese political parties

(p.165) Eleven Policy analysis and policymaking by Japanese political parties
Policy analysis in Japan

Takahiro Suzuki

Policy Press

Policy analysis and policymaking are mainly conducted by bureaucracy (bureaucracy-centered) in Japan. This chapter explains how political parties (especially the Liberal Democratic Party and Democratic Party of Japan which have been a ruling party) have worked in policy analysis and policymaking in the relation with bureaucracy, showing their limited role in Japan’s policymaking process. It also explains how they have tried to change the political system and have failed in their trials. This chapter contrasts Japan with some other countries such as U.S.A., U.K., German and South Korea to explain problems and issues of political parties and policy analysis in Japan, showing that Japan has the only very limited policy analysis system, while some other countries have more various and sophisticated systems in policy analysis. This chapter concludes with some recommendations for political parties in Japan to make political parties more useful in policy analysis and policy making system.

Keywords:   bureaucracy, policymaking, political party, limited role, political system

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