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Policy Space, Polarities, And Regimes

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This chapter outlines some conjunctural and developmental aspects of Japanese macroeconomy over the long run. It then connects the chronology to a hypothesized picture of a shifting policy space and shifting policy polarities within it. A regime is a middle-range, temporal construct identifying a relatively stable configuration of policy rules that lasts for one or more decades. It highlights positive and negative policies. The early modern Japanese state, is extended to include its stipendiary retainers and their households. Kokueki policies in the domainal states were institutional innovations that tended to persist through conjunctural phases of budgetary expansion and retrenchment. The policy space is, like the social field within which it is embedded, a field of struggles, and the struggle is the generative force that constitutes the policy space. The approach taken directs attention more to the medium-term back-and-forth swings of policy through which longer-term developments unfold.

Keywords: Japanese; Kokueki; polarities; policy space; regime



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