Japanese Journal of Comparative Politics
Online ISSN : 2189-0552
ISSN-L : 2189-0552
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  • Haewon YOUN
    2021 Volume 7 Pages 1-20
    Published: 2021
    Released: February 27, 2021

    This paper analyzes the spatial characteristics of innovation policies in Japan and Korea, focusing on the decision-making process of the Technopolis in the 1980s, and the blurred boundary between industrial policy and welfare policy. A comparison between the innovation policies of East-Asian countries can provide new insights into the relationship between politics and public policy in the region.

    This paper advances and tests the following hypothesis. The policy shift in Japan was from geographic concentration to dispersion, and the shift in Korea was from geographic concentration to dispersion and back to concentration. In Japanese economic policy, politicians and voters have a clientelistic relationship. The employment security entailed in such a policy is regarded as a special interest, and the target for support of industrial policy tends to be dispersed and serves as a functional equivalent of social policy. However, in Korea, which is based on a relatively programmatic relationship, the target for support tends to be concentrated, except for the period when employment security is regarded as a general interest.

    This paper contributes to findings about the political dynamism through which innovation policy becomes the functional equivalent of social policy in East Asian countries.

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  • Hidetaka YASUDA
    2021 Volume 7 Pages 21-36
    Published: 2021
    Released: April 16, 2021

    This article offers a new historical interpretation of the British Conservative Party’s politics after post Thatcherism under the leadership of John Major. Much previous research on Major’s leadership has argued his party could not have cope with Thatcherite legacies, including socio-economic divisions.

    To counter argue that general understanding, this article addresses the new political ideas suggested under the Major’s premiership, and the effects it had on gave public policies. The result of the analysis revealed that the concept of “Civic Conservatism” which was proposed by party intellectual David Willetts, and it reflected in “Citizen’s Charter”. This article argues that the Conservatives attempted to revive local institutions such as schools, hospitals, and municipalities to distance themselves from Thatcherite policies which was finally implemented as an internal policy.

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