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Japanese Resistance to American Financial Hegemony

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This book investigates why the convergence of Japan's bank-centered financial system to an American-style capital market-based model has lost steam since the mid-2000s, despite financial deregulation during the 1980s and 1990s.

Examining the ideational conflict within Japanese elites between the market liberalization and anti-free market camps, it scrutinizes the American and Japanese credit rating agencies operating in Tokyo and explores the differences between the two major industrial associations, Keidanren and Doyukai, which have played a key role as "ideational platforms" for Japanese corporate society. The book emphasizes the concept of "systemic support", whose broadened definition incorporates dominant elites' support and protection of subordinates in exchange for the latter's obedience and loyalty. It argues that Japanese society's anti-liberal, anti-free market norms centered on systemic support are a form of counter-hegemony, and this has resisted American financial hegemony, promoting international capital mobility and capital markets, and prevented capitalist dominance from severing long-term social ties such as management-labor cooperation and corporate group alliances. Yet this resistance has generated growing problems for Japan.

With a focus on social norms, bureaucracy, credit rating agencies, industrial associations and corporate governance, this book will provide useful insights for scholars and students of international political economy, sociology, cultural studies, and business studies.


Fumihito Gotoh is a Teaching and Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. His research interests include East Asian and Japanese politics and political economies, comparative capitalisms, and the politics and sociology of finance. Previously, he was a senior credit analyst in Tokyo for the Industrial Bank of Japan, Merrill Lynch, and UBS.


1. Introduction

2. Networks, Norms, and Alliances

3. Japan's Financial System and Persistence of Systemic Support

4. The Politics of the Japanese Credit Rating Industry

5. Japan's Ideational Developments and Corporate Governance

6. The Dilution of Systemic Support and Growing Contradictions

7. Conclusion


Titel: Japanese Resistance to American Financial Hegemony
Untertitel: Global versus Domestic Social Norms
EAN: 9781000672817
Digitaler Kopierschutz: frei
Format: E-Book (epub)
Hersteller: Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Genre: Politikwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 194
Veröffentlichung: 01.10.2019
Dateigrösse: 0.6 MB