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The Politics of Structural Reforms

Social and Industrial Policy Change in Italy and Japan Edited by Hideko Magara, Waseda University, Japan and Stefano Sacchi, University of Milan, Italy and Collegio Carlo Alberto, Italy
For countries undertaking economic or political reform the case of Italy and Japan is both highly instructive and sobering. The Politics of Structural Reforms reveals what Italy and Japan gained and lost through a series of social and industrial reforms in the 1990s and 2000s, and why the changes they made in their policies have had little impact in softening the recent economic crisis.
Extent: 240 pp
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Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978 0 85793 292 1
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Political Economy
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Political Economy
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Comparative Social Policy
  • Labour Policy
For countries undertaking economic or political reform the case of Italy and Japan is both highly instructive and sobering. The Politics of Structural Reforms reveals what Italy and Japan gained and lost through a series of social and industrial reforms in the 1990s and 2000s, and why the changes they made in their policies have had little impact in softening the recent economic crisis.

Italy and Japan achieved miraculous economic growth in the postwar period. While their financial and manufacturing sectors cooperated in achieving international competitiveness, their political systems grew alike. The weaknesses of both economic and political compacts became apparent at the beginning of the 1990s, when the two countries were caught in an economic slump and fell into a stalemate that lasts to the current day. Since the early 1990’s they have undergone a series of structural reforms, and momentous changes in their political systems. Through a detailed comparative analysis of the reforms of both countries in areas such as corporate governance, the labour market, social policy, and in their electoral systems the authors explain why these reforms have not resulted in economic or political success

This innovative volume will be an excellent resource for political scientists specialized in political economy and industrial relations, labour economists and sociologists as well as policy practitioners and corporate governance specialists. Moreover, it is an enjoyable and informative read for all scholars and those interested in social and political reform.
Contributors: D. Checchi, A.M. Chiesi, R. Dore, M. Ido, H. Magara, S. Sacchi, P. Segatti, T. Shinkawa, M. Suzuki
Contents:

Preface

1. Introduction: Two Decades of Structural Reform and Political Change in Italy and Japan
Hideko Magara

2. The Residual Japaneseness of Japanese Corporate Governance
Ronald Dore

3. Corporate Governance and Firm Ownership in Italy
Antonio M. Chiesi

4. Japan’s Structural Reform in the Age of Economic Globalization: The Politics Coordination and Miscoordination
Motoshi Suzuki

5. Italy’s Majoritarian Experiment: Continuities and Discontinuities in Italian Electoral Behaviour between the First and Second Republic
Paolo Segatti

6. Party Politics and the Changing Labour Market in Japan
Masanobu Ido

7. Labour Market and Inequality Trends in Italy
Daniele Checchi

8. Beyond Familialism? Welfare Regime Transformation in Japan
Toshimitsu Shinkawa

9. Italy’s Labour Policy and Policy Making in the Crisis: From Distributive Coalitions to the Shadow of Hierarchy
Stefano Sacchi

Index