Wirtschaftspolitische Reformen in Japan - Kultur als Hemmschuh? Überarbeitete Fassung eines Beitrags zur Sitzung des Ausschusses für Wirtschaftssysteme des Vereins für Socialpolitik in Leipzig, 23. - 25. September 2001

Duisburg: Inst. für Ostasienwiss. (2002) (Duisburger Arbeitspapiere Ostasienwissenschaften ; 44), 31 S.
Buch / Monographie / Fach: Ostasienwissenschaften
The paper starts from the assumption that a lasting recovery of Japan's economy can only come about by a reform of economic policy decisive enough to re-establish confidence again. The adherence to the rule of law and the establishment of independent agencies might provide a solution, but these methods could well be jeopardised by cultural factors in the sense of the cognitive-evolutionary approach of economic policy theory. The influence of certain values and views is looked at, especially regarding a disposition towards so-called generalised exchange mechanisms, the prospects of a credible self-commitment via the rule of law as well as the employment of elements of direct democracy and federalism. By and large the paper is sceptical about the chances of a reform in accordance with the aims as set out above, even though there are in reality first signs of attempts at establishing the rule of law and agency independence.