Civic Engagement in Postwar Japan : The Revival of a Defeated Society Hardback
Despite reduced incomes, diminished opportunities for education, and the psychological trauma of defeat, Japan experienced a rapid rise in civic engagement in the immediate aftermath of World War II.
Why? Civic Engagement in Postwar Japan answers this question with a new general theory of the growth in civic engagement in postwar democracies.
It argues that wartime mobilization unintentionally instills civic skills in the citizenry, thus laying the groundwork for a postwar civic engagement boom.
Meanwhile, legacies of prewar associational activities shape the costs of association-building and information-gathering, thus affecting the actual extent of the postwar boom.
Combining original data collection, rigorous statistical methods, and in-depth historical case analyses, this book illuminates one of the keys to making postwar democracies work.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 216 pages, 21 Tables, unspecified; 16 Line drawings, unspecified
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 15/12/2010
- Category: Politics & government
- ISBN: 9780521192576