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Japan's Budget Politics: Balancing Domestic and International Interests

Takaaki Suzuki
Japan's Budget Politics: Balancing Domestic and International Interests
ISBN: 978-1-55587-887-0
2000/284 pages/LC: 99-42365
A Study of the East Asian Institute

"Japan's Budget Politics provides an excellent narrative account of the politics of international macro coordination over the last quarter century.... a welcome contribution to the literature and a valuable resource for researchers."—Gregory W. Noble, The Journal of Politics

"An excellent and otherwise largely unavailable chronicle of the ways in which public policy in Japan has been shaped by political entrepreneurs…. Suzuki's book is a worthy heir to John Campbell's classic work on Japanese budgeting, demonstrating how shifting currents in domestic and international politics combine to influence policy outcomes. [It is] an invaluable resource."—Leonard J. Schoppa, University of Virginia


What is the source of the increasing politicization of Japan's budgetary policy? Takaaki Suzuki explores this question, finding the answer in the the interplay of domestic and international politics from the early 1970s through the 1990s.

Suzuki points out that, just as modern state leaders must strike a balance between the appropriate roles of the market and the state in determining how scarce resources are to be allocated internally, so must they continually negotiate with their foreign counterparts to foster freer international markets while mitigating the social costs they entail. States are confronted with the challenge of devising budgetary policies that accomodate both domestic and international concerns; Suzuki offers a cogent account of how the Japanese state has responded to this challenge.


Takaaki Suzuki is associate professor of political science at Ohio University.


  • Overview.
  • The Two-Level Framework.
  • POLICY IN THE 1970S.
  • Achieving International Cooperation.
  • The Politics of Profligacy: Fiscal Crisis.
  • Analysis: Assessing the Two-Level Hypothesis for the 1970s.
  • POLICY IN THE 1980S.
  • Introduction.
  • Failing Cooperation: Macroeconomic Coordination at a Standstill.
  • The Politics of Budgetary Retrenchment.
  • Analysis: Assessing the Two-Level Hypothesis for the 1980s.
  • The Return of Deficit-Financing.
  • Evaluating the Politics of Japanese Budgetary Policy.