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Inequality and the 2017 election: decreasing dominance of Abenomics and regional revitalization


Chiavacci, David (2018). Inequality and the 2017 election: decreasing dominance of Abenomics and regional revitalization. In: Pekkanen, Robert J.; Reed, Steven R.; Scheiner, Ethan; Smith, Daniel M.. Japan Decides 2017. New York, 219-242.

Abstract

Social and regional inequality remained of secondary importance in the 2017 House of Representatives election, especially in comparison to national security and constitutional reform. Still, the election victory of the coalition between the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Kōmeitō was also due to its ability to shape the debate concerning Japan’s political-economic model of growth and inequality. Abenomics and regional revitalization were the dominating policies, which opposition parties criticized without having a real counter-model. A more detailed analysis shows, however, that Abenomics has not yet fulfilled its promise of shared growth, and that the governing coalition’s discursive control over the political-economic agenda has significantly weakened. This creates opportunities for opposition parties in the future.

Abstract

Social and regional inequality remained of secondary importance in the 2017 House of Representatives election, especially in comparison to national security and constitutional reform. Still, the election victory of the coalition between the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Kōmeitō was also due to its ability to shape the debate concerning Japan’s political-economic model of growth and inequality. Abenomics and regional revitalization were the dominating policies, which opposition parties criticized without having a real counter-model. A more detailed analysis shows, however, that Abenomics has not yet fulfilled its promise of shared growth, and that the governing coalition’s discursive control over the political-economic agenda has significantly weakened. This creates opportunities for opposition parties in the future.

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Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy
290 Other religions
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > General Social Sciences
Language:English
Date:1 January 2018
Deposited On:30 Nov 2018 12:58
Last Modified:15 Apr 2020 21:54
ISBN:978-3-319-76474-0
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-76475-7_13
Related URLs:https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-76475-7 (Publisher)

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