Globalization and Decentralization

Institutional Contexts, Policy Issues, and Intergovernmental Relations in Japan and the United States

Jong S. Jun and Deil S. Wright, Editors

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This book explores the effects of global socio-economic forces on the domestic policies and administrative institutions of Japan and the United States, and it explains how these global factors have shifted power and authority downward from the national government to subnational governments.

This major comparative study comprises ten pairs of essays written by leading Japanese and American scholars on parallel public policy issues, institutional patterns, and intergovernmental relations in Japan and the United States, all set in the context of globalization and its impact on decentralization in each country. The twenty contributors and the editors provide new insights into the domestic consequences of global interdependence by examining emerging strategies for dealing with environmental concerns, urban problems, infrastructure investments, financial policies, and human services issues.

An important study of the changing global setting, Globalization and Decentralization emphasizes the innovative and adaptive roles played by Japanese and American state, provincial, regional, and local governments in responding to the dramatic economic and political power shifts created by the new world order.

Table of Contents

R. Scott Fosler and Shinyasu Hoshino

Globalization and Decentralization: An Overview
Jong S. Jun and Deil S. Wright

Part I: Institutional Contexts

1. From Dual to Coercive Federalism in American Intergovernmental Relations
John Kincaid

2. Intergovernmental Relations in Japan: Historical and Legal Patterns of Power Distribution
Fukashi Horie

3. Innovative Policies and Administrative Strategies for Intergovernmental Change in Japan
Hiromi Muto

4. Remapping Federalism: The Rediscovery of Civic Governance in the United States
DeWitt John, Alex Halley, and R. Scott Fosler

5. Emerging Regional Organizational and Institutional Forms: Strategies and Prospects for Transcending Localism in the United States
John Kirlin

6. Understanding Regional Administration in Japan: Dynamism in Stability and Continuity in Change
Takashi Nishio

Part II: Public Policy Issues

7. The Roles of Central Government and Local Government in Japan's Regional Development Policies
Naohisa Nagata

8. Public Infrastructure, Capital Investment, and Economic Development in the United States
Bruce McDowell

9. The "Tokyo Problem" and the Development of Urban Issues in Japan
Akira Nakamura

10. Metropolitan Growth and Development in the United States: Human Problems and Prospects
Ralph Widner

11. Service Integration Revisited and Reinvented: The Strategic Role of Schools in Human Services
Astrid Merget and William Colman

12. Social Welfare Issues in Japan: Meeting the Needs of an Aging Society
Akira Morita

13. Perspectives on Intergovernmental Relations in Japan: The Problem of Solid Waste Management
Katsumi Yorimoto

14. The Interstate Transport of Solid Waste: Intergovernmental Tensions and the Conflict Between Law and Policy
Rosemary O'Leary and Paul Weiland

15. Fiscal Disparities in the United States: Concepts, Trends, and Policies
Robert Rafuse

16. The Politics of Local Government Finance in Japan
Yoshio Kobayashi

Part III: Internationalization and Globalization

17. State and Local Boundary-Spanning Strategies in the United States: Political, Economic, and Social Transgovernmental Interactions
John M. Kline

18. Technology Transfer from Iowa to Japan: Internationalization and the Quality of Life in Rural Areas
Kazunori Ishiguro

19. Japanese Local Government in an Era of Global Economic Interdependency
Shinyasu Hoshino

20. The Domestic Consequences of Internationalization: Emerging Conflicts

Enid Beaumont



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416 pp., 6 x 9

Jun 1996

416 pp., 6 x 9

ISBN: 978-0-87840-619-7
Jun 1996

416 pp.

Jun 1996

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