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Actors Of Social Policy Making In Japan: A Look At The Individual Level

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This chapter presents a test of applying a psychological approach and in order to do so proceeds in a simple manner. It gives a short review of the literature on low fertility and pro-natal policy in Japan. The chapter explains the basic theory of intrinsic motivation and presents the method and research design. Applying a psychological approach indeed seems to hold considerable potential for future research. It aims to analyse to which degree these three necessary elements for intrinsic motivation can be found among a group of those lawmakers of the ruling parties who by position were in charge of fertility policy. The chapter set out to test a new approach to the question of why pronatal policy in Japan has taken its particular underdeveloped form.

Keywords: intrinsic motivation; Japan; low fertility



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