trying to take her research subject on his own terms. She should do this not only because it would be fair to her research subject but also because it would force her to offer her readers a more careful deliberation on the place and the dangers of interest brokering in a contemporary liberal democracy. That deliberation would be something from which all students of democracy have much to gain. I am not wholly satisfied with Power and Pork as a scholarly study of political life in Japan. Nonetheless, George Mulgan's work is distinctive in its thoroughness, and it makes a wealth of useful detail about LDP political work available to English-language readers who may need it for their own teaching or research. Politics and Volunteering in Japan: A Global Perspective. By Mary Alice Haddad. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2007. xviii, 218 pages. $80.00. Reviewed by Patricia L. Maclachlan University of Texas at Austin There is something distinctive about the way state and society interact in contemporary Japan--distinctive, that is, from the perspective of Western conceptualizations of civil society. To varying degrees, Western scholars define civil society in a democracy as an autonomous social realm in which individuals freely
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