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Author Takenaka, Harukata, 1971- author.

Title Failed democratization in prewar Japan : breakdown of a hybrid regime / Harukata Takenaka.

Publication Info. Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2014]

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Description 1 online resource (xii, 241 pages).
Series Studies of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
Studies of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-232 and index.
Contents Analytical foundations -- Defining the regimes of prewar Japan -- Political institutions under the Meiji Constitution -- The semi-democratic regime, 1918-1926 : containment of the military -- The semi-democratic regime, 1926-1929 : the rise of the military challenge and the weakening of the regime -- The semi-democratic regime, 1929-1932 : crisis and collapse.
Summary Failed Democratization in Prewar Japan presents a compelling case study on change in political regimes through its exploration of Japan's transition to democracy. Within a broad-ranging examination of Japan's "semi-democratic" political system from 1918 to 1932, when political parties tended to dominate the government, the book analyzes in detail why this system collapsed in 1932 and discusses the implications of the failure. By reference to comparable cases--prewar Argentina, prewar Germany, postwar Brazil, and 1980s Thailand--Harukata Takenaka reveals that the factors responsible for the breakdown of the Taisho democracy in Japan replicated those that precipitated the collapse of democracy in Europe, Latin America, and elsewhere in Asia. While most literature on these transitions focuses on successful cases, Takenaka explores democratic failure to answer questions about how and why political parties and their leaders can behave in ways that undermine the democratic institutions that serve as the basis for their formal authority.-- Publisher description.
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Subject Democracy -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Japan -- Politics and government -- 1912-1945.
Chronological Term 1900 - 1999
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Takenaka, Harukata, 1971- Failed democratization in prewar Japan. Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2014 9780804763417 (DLC) 2013038540 (OCoLC)859253185
ISBN 9780804790741 (electronic)
0804790744 (electronic)
9780804763417 (cloth alk. paper)
0804763410 (cloth alk. paper)