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Civic Engagement in Postwar Japan : The Revival of a Defeated Society, Hardback Book

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
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  • Category: Politics & government
  • ISBN: 9780521192576



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