Party Politics and Decentralization in Japan and France: When the Opposition Governs (review)

Party Politics and Decentralization in Japan and France: When the Opposition Governs (review) written, it has a tendency to delve into too much description--particularly toward the end as Park traces recent developments in Japanese politics and their effects on public finance. To the extent that this book is a "study of record" and the last word on the FILP, this may be a good thing; readers interested in extracting a pithy "take-away" from the book, however, may have to work a little too hard. Other readers may fault the book for falling short of its theoretical promise. Toward the end of chapter 2, Park outlines a detailed historical-institutional framework and seems to suggest that the framework will be systematically applied in the historical and empirical chapters (at least this was my reading of it). This proves not to be the case; references to the concepts, premises, and theories of that framework in subsequent chapters are far more implicit than explicit. Scholars looking for a systematic analysis of how theories of institutional change measure up to reality may find themselves disappointed. In my view, these issues are far outweighed by the book's many strengths, including its rich and highly readable historical narrative, conceptual creativity, and enlightening analysis of the FILP's role as http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Japanese Studies Society for Japanese Studies

Party Politics and Decentralization in Japan and France: When the Opposition Governs (review)

The Journal of Japanese Studies, Volume 38 (2) – Jul 14, 2012

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written, it has a tendency to delve into too much description--particularly toward the end as Park traces recent developments in Japanese politics and their effects on public finance. To the extent that this book is a "study of record" and the last word on the FILP, this may be a good thing; readers interested in extracting a pithy "take-away" from the book, however, may have to work a little too hard. Other readers may fault the book for falling short of its theoretical promise. Toward the end of chapter 2, Park outlines a detailed historical-institutional framework and seems to suggest that the framework will be systematically applied in the historical and empirical chapters (at least this was my reading of it). This proves not to be the case; references to the concepts, premises, and theories of that framework in subsequent chapters are far more implicit than explicit. Scholars looking for a systematic analysis of how theories of institutional change measure up to reality may find themselves disappointed. In my view, these issues are far outweighed by the book's many strengths, including its rich and highly readable historical narrative, conceptual creativity, and enlightening analysis of the FILP's role as

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