Japan as mirror: Neoliberalism's promise and costs

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Japan's postwar emergence as the world's second largest economy and America's role in shaping it have made it a compelling reflecting glass for American capitalism. And yet American commentators have varied widely with respect to what they see when gazing into this mirror. At the height of Japan's economic prominence, many saw simply a "better" version of the United States, an advanced capitalist system rooted in the free market, with admirable systems of education, manufacturing, and management. But later, in the wake of the bursting of the economic bubble in the early 1990s, U.S. economists emphasized Japan's differences, notably the state's role in managing business and finance, dismissing Japan as fruitful terrain for critical self-examination in the West.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEthnographies of Neoliberalism
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780812241921
StatePublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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