Caught Over a Pork Barrel: Decentralizing Japan's 1940 Fiscal Regime

Andrew DeWit


Decentralization appears to be on a roll in contemporary Japan. To be sure, the Japanese Left have long sought administrative and fiscal devolution in order to democratize the state and, of late. insist that local government is better able to address the needs of a diversifying society. Yet, amidst the protracted fiscal and financial crises following the collapse of the late 1980s "bubble economy," even most of the conservative establishment, the heirs of Japan's centralized developmentalist state, openly blame their heritage for the nation's enervation at century's end.

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Studies in Political Economy:
Online ISSN 1918-7033
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