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Japan's Fiscal Crisis – The Ministry of Finance and the Politics of Public Spending, 1975-2000 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Japan's Fiscal Crisis: The Ministry of Finance and the Politics of Public Spending, 1975-2000

Maurice Wright


This book traces the origins and development of Japan's recent fiscal crisis. In a detailed analysis of the institutions, structures, and processes of central government, the book explains how decisions were made about how much to spend and on what in the central budget and the Fiscal and Investment Loan Programme—the so-called ‘second budget’. This book shows who and what won and lost and why, explains the informal policy and behavioural rules-of-the-game by which the conduct of the main players was regulated, and compares Japan's fiscal performance with the UK and other G7 countries. It chal ... More

Keywords: Japan, fiscal crisis, second budget, Fiscal and Investment Loan Programme, G7, MOF, Liberal Democratic party

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199250530
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250530.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maurice Wright, author
Director of the Japan Centre, University of Manchester

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Part I: The Context of Japanese Budgeting

Part II: Institutions, Structures, and Actors

Part III: Interactions

Part IV: The Outputs of the Budgetary Processes

Part V: Effects and Effectiveness