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Structural Transformation of Japanese Local Governance: Characteristics and Implications

  • Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Abbr : JAPS
  • 2018, 25(3), pp.79-118
  • DOI : 10.18107/japs.2018.25.3.003
  • Publisher : Institute of Global Affairs
  • Research Area : Social Science > Social Science in general
  • Received : April 30, 2018
  • Accepted : June 19, 2018
  • Published : September 30, 2018

Hiroki Miura 1

1서울대학교 사회과학연구원 한국정치연구소

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ABSTRACT

This study discusses the structural transformation of Japanese local governance from historical and comprehensive perspectives which have been neglected in the proceeding literature. Considering the Japanese domestic context, this study provides an operational conceptualization of local governance as follows; an effort to create a local public sphere by implementing ideas, projects, and legal institutions regarding the four fields including decentralization, local autonomy, community- building, and co-production. This study reviewed how these fields have developed in the past 70 years and highlighted several features. First, Japanese local governance has evolved through the cyclical interaction of the four fields. Seconds, the interaction patterns among autonomy, community-building, and co-production are becoming more and more fused. Creative institutions are emerging in the different local communities as a result. Third, most of critical ideas about community, citizen, human being, and autonomy were already presented in the 1960’s by some pioneering scholars and practitioners. The cyclical structural evolution has been engendered as a historical effort to put these critical ideas into practice. These study results are expected to deepen the understanding of Japanese local governance by effectively linking the proceeding literature on each four fields.

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