The Significance of the Liberal Democratic Party's Defeat in the 1989 Election for Japan
Hager, James Alan
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The presentation occurs in the following manner. Part I provides some theoretical models which have been derived to explain and predict the direction in which democratic states may be heading. Part II provides some relevant historical background and describes much of the political structure prior to the 1989 election. Part III is merely descriptive and serves as a general introduction to the four journalistic explanations for the LDP's election defeat. The more significant societal changes which these journalistic explanations symbolize, I describe in Part IV. A picture of an economically highly developed state emerges from Part IV, and I reflect on what implications the societal changes and the economic development may hold for Japanese society in Part V. Part V summarizes the structural changes which Part IV detailed and examines the impact on societal values. Finally, Part VI concludes that the 1989 election does not necessarily indicate that Japan's political system is threatened. There do seem to be value changes occurring which may pose difficulties for the future; however, there are some factors which may allow Japan to adapt with a minimum amount of crisis to these changes.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.