Strategies and structural contradictions: growth coalition politics in Japan

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The elite coalition that pushes local industrial growth is composed of six actors: local state, business, and party and national state, business, and party. The question of which dominates the coalition reflects current debates about the structure of power in capitalist society. This paper addresses these debates through the detailed study of a growth coalition in a rural industrialization project in southern Japan. Contrary to the "strong state' image of Japan, national big business dominated the growth coalition. The rest of the society, including the state, adjusted around its motion. This resulted in policies which favored economic growth over social needs, giving some of the other actors legitimation problems. The findings run counter to state autonomy arguments and suggest closer attention be paid to multiple levels of structure and process. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)707-721
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Sociological Review
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989


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