Widely regarded as the most comprehensive comparative foreign policy text, Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective has been completely updated in this much-anticipated second edition. The editors have brought together fifteen top scholars to highlight the importance of both internal and external forces in foreign policymaking. Exploring the foreign policies of thirteen nations—both major and emerging players, and representing all regions of the world—chapter authors link the study of international relations to domestic politics, while treating each nation according to individual histories and contemporary dilemmas. The book's accessible theoretical framework is designed to enable comparative analysis, helping students discern patterns to understand why a state acts as it does in foreign affairs. Each of the thirteen country chapters includes: an introduction by the editors to highlight similar developments in other countries; a discussion of the linkages between internal and external factors and implications for the future; coverage of key foreign policy issues; a map to provide geographical context; and a list of suggested readings.

Japanese Foreign Policy: The International-Domestic Nexus

Japanese foreign policy: The international-domestic nexus
Akitoshi Miyashita

In this chapter, Japan's foreign policy is characterized as unique due to the special mix of external and internal conditions that are important for Japan. Today, Japan faces a regional environment characterized by a shift of military and economic power, driven by the rise of China. Internally, foreign policy-making processes continue to change a stabilizing two-party system and a centralization of decision-making authority with the office of the Prime Minister. Miyashita challenges constructivist accounts of Japan's ‘pacifist’ culture by arguing that cultural values cannot be divorced from structural conditions in the environment. Indeed, an erosion of pacifism in Japan can be seen generally, over the last twenty years, and specifically in the ...

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