Book Announcement: The Great Transformation of Japanese Capitalism

The Great TransformationThe Great Transformation of Japanese Capitalism Edited by Sébastien Lechevalier

Translated by J. A. A. Stockwin

Series: Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies Routledge


In the 1980s the performance of Japan’s economy was an international success story, and led many economists to suggest that the 1990s would be a Japanese decade. Today, however, the dominant view is that Japan is inescapably on a downward slope. Rather than focusing on the evolution of the performance of Japanese capitalism, this book reflects on the changes that it has experienced over the past 30 years, and presents a comprehensive analysis of the great transformation of Japanese capitalism from the heights of the 1980s, through the lost decades of the 1990s, and well into the 21st century.

This book posits an alternative analysis of the Japanese economic trajectory since the early 1980s, and argues that whereas policies inspired by neo-liberalism have been presented as a solution to the Japanese crisis, these policies have in fact been one of the causes of the problems that Japan has faced over the past 30 years. Crucially, this book seeks to understand the institutional and organisational changes that have characterised Japanese capitalism since the 1980s, and to highlight in comparative perspective, with reference to the ‘neo-liberal moment’, the nature of the transformation of Japanese capitalism. Indeed, the arguments presented in this book go well beyond Japan itself, and examine the diversity of capitalism, notably in continental Europe, which has experienced problems that in many ways are also comparable to those of Japan. The Great Transformation of Japanese Capitalism will appeal to students and scholars of both Japanese politics and economics, as well as those interested in comparative political economy.


Preface, Sébastien Lechevalier Foreword: From ‘Japanophilia’ to Indifference? Three decades of research on contemporary Japan, Robert Boyer Introduction: Seven Japanese Lessons on the Diversity of Capitalism and its Future, Sébastien Lechevalier

  1. Thirty Years of Neo-Liberal Reforms in Japan, Yves Tiberghien
  2. Is this the End of the J-Model of the Firm?, Sébastien Lechevalier
  3. Is Japanese capitalism still coordinated?, Sébastien Lechevalier
  4. What is the Nature of the Japanese Social Compromise Today?, Sébastien Lechevalier
  5. Which education system in a neoliberal world?, Sébastien Lechevalier and Arnaud Nanta
  6. Is convergence towards the Silicon Valley model the only way for the Japanese innovation system?, Sébastien Lechevalier
  7. Should Japanese capitalism adapt itself to globalization?, Sébastien Lechevalier

Conclusion, Sébastien Lechevalier


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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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