This is both a path-breaking study of Japanese politics and a significant contribution to the general advancement of political science. Inoguchi skillfully weaves together an analysis of contemporary Japanese politics and the history of Japanese political and economic developments. He also illuminates a wide range of current scholarly debates about Japanese politics, political economy, and political culture. Lucian W. Pye, M.I.T.
Using both historical and international perspectives, the author provides a stimulating analysis of modern Japan. Broad in its dimensions, challenging in many of its propositions, this work warrants careful attention from students and specialists alike. Robert A. Scalapino, University of California at Berkeley