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Japan’s New Trade Policy – A Policy Transformation Without Strategy?

Japan’s trade policy has undergone major changes in recent years. This policy shift manifests itself in Japan’s turn towards bilateral and plurilateral trade agreements as a new pillar of its trade policy.In this book, the author identifies and analyzes the main driving forces and actors behind this policy change and discusses its potential political and economic ramifications. This book also raises the question on why Japan has failed to conduct a comprehensive and transparent evaluation of its new trade policy. The author draws on 25 expert interviews with policy makers, bureaucrats and other experts on Japanese trade policy to unveil deep insights into the complex process of trade policy-making in Japan.

Titel: Japan’s New Trade Policy – A Policy Transformation Without Strategy?
Verfasser: Jamitzky, Ulli GND
Gutachter: Kevenhörster, Paul GND
Organisation: FB 06: Erziehungswissenschaft und Sozialwissenschaften
Dokumenttyp: Dissertation/Habilitation
Medientyp: Text
Erscheinungsdatum: 2017
Publikation in MIAMI: 26.07.2017
Datum der letzten Änderung: 23.08.2017
Reihe Wissenschaftliche Schriften der WWU Münster / Reihe VII ; 22
Verlag/Hrsg.: Readbox Unipress / Münster (Westf)
Schlagwörter: Japan; trade policy; bilateral trade agreements; policy evaluation; Handelspolitik; bilaterale Freihandelsabkommen
Fachgebiete: Politikwissenschaft
Lizenz: CC BY-SA 3.0 DE
Sprache: Englisch
Anmerkungen: Auch im Buchhandel erhältlich: Japan’s New Trade Policy – A Policy Transformation Without Strategy? / Jamitzky, Ulli. – Münster : Münsterscher Verlag für Wissenschaft, 2017. – V, 204 S. (Wissenschaftliche Schriften der WWU Münster : Reihe VII ; Bd. 22), ISBN 978-3-8405-0156-2, Preis: 20,20 EUR
Format: PDF-Dokument
ISBN: 978-3-8405-0156-2
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-02239638052
Permalink: https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-02239638052
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Inhalt:
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS 3
LIST OF TABLES AND FIGURES 5
1. INTRODUCTION 1
1.1 PREFACE 1
1.2 RELEVANCE AND APPROACH OF THIS STUDY 2
1.3 RESEARCH QUESTIONS AND DISSERTATION OUTLINE 4
1.3.1 Research questions 5
1.3.2 Research focus 6
1.3.3 Research interest 7
1.3.4 Dissertation outline 8
1.4 DEFINITION AND CLARIFICATION OF KEY CONCEPTS 9
1.4.1 Economic Partnership Agreements and Free Trade Agreements 9
1.4.2 FTAs within the WTO regime 10
1.4.3 Deep integration 13
1.4.4 FTA negotiation process 14
1.4.5 Japan’s trade structure 17
1.5 LITERATURE REVIEW AND CURRENT STATE OF RESEARCH 19
1.5.1 Literature review 19
1.5.2 Theoretical context 27
1.5.3 Current state of research 33
2. METHODOLOGY 37
2.1 OVERVIEW OF RESEARCH SOURCES 37
2.2 DEFINITION OF EXPERTS AND EXPERT INTERVIEWS 38
2.3 CHALLENGES WHEN CONDUCTING EXPERT INTERVIEWS 43
2.4 PREPARATION OF INTERVIEW GUIDE 45
3. INTERVIEW FINDINGS AND ANALYSIS 47
4. TIME FRAME OF JAPAN’S TRADE POLICY SHIFT 57
4.1 FIRST STAGE OF FTA PROLIFERATION 58
4.2 SECOND STAGE OF FTA PROLIFERATION 60
4.2.1 The Trans-Pacific Partnership 61
4.2.2 The EU-Japan agreement 63
4.2.3 The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership 63
5. REASONS AND MOTIVATIONS BEHIND JAPAN’S TRADE POLICY SHIFT 65
5.1 NUMEROUS REASONS TRIGGER SHIFT IN TRADE POLICY THINKING 65
5.2 BUREAUCRATS AS MAIN DRIVING FORCE 68
5.3 BUSINESS INTERESTS AND KEIDANREN 74
5.4 SUMMARY AND PRELIMINARY CONCLUSION 77
6. THE TPP DEBATE – TURNING POINT FOR JAPAN’S TRADE POLICY? 81
6.1 THE TPP DISCUSSION: PROS AND CONS IN A HEATED DEBATE 81
6.2 EMERGENCE OF JAPAN’S ANTI-TPP PROTEST MOVEMENT 85
6.3 JAPAN ENTERS TPP: DEFEAT FOR ITS AGRICULTURAL LOBBY? 87
6.3.1 DPJ’s policy towards the TPP 88
6.3.2 LDP’s trade policy 89
6.4 RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AND OUTLOOK 90
7. EVALUATING TRADE POLICY 93
7.1 POLICY EVALUATION IN JAPAN AND ITS LIMITS 95
7.2 A CRITIQUE OF JAPAN’S TRADE POLICY EVALUATION 100
8. JAPAN’S TRADE POLICY EVALUATION IN INTERNATIONAL COMPARISON 105
8.1 THE LIMITS OF QUANTITATIVE TRADE POLICY EVALUATION 105
8.2 AUSTRALIA’S EVALUATION APPROACH: A MODEL FOR JAPAN? 107
8.3 US TRADE POLICY AND EVALUATION EFFORTS 109
8.4 THE EU’S APPROACH TOWARDS TRADE POLICY EVALUATION 112
8.5 OTHER MODELS FOR TRADE POLICY EVALUATION IN JAPAN 117
8.6 PRELIMINARY CONCLUSION 120
9. JAPAN’S NEW TRADE POLICY – A NEW VENUE FOR ODA? 123
9.1 THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN JAPAN’S DEVELOPMENT AND TRADE POLICY 124
9.2 DEVELOPMENT-RELATED PROVISIONS IN JAPANESE FTAS 125
9.3 LACK OF COHERENCE BETWEEN ODA AND FTA POLICIES 130
10. CONCLUSION AND PROSPECTS 133
10.1 KEY FINDINGS 133
10.2 POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS 137
10.3 LIMITATIONS AND NEED FOR FURTHER RESEARCH 140
10.4 FINAL REMARKS 142
10.5 REFLECTIONS ON PHD DEFENSE AND CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS 143
SUMMARY IN GERMAN 147
I. EINLEITUNG 147
II. FORSCHUNGSINTERESSE UND RELEVANZ DER ARBEIT 148
III. VORHANDENE ERKLÄRUNGSANSÄTZE 149
IV. AUFBAU DER ARBEIT 152
V. METHODIK 153
VI. ZEITLICHE EINORDNUNG DER ARBEIT 154
VII. DIE TPP-DEBATTE IN JAPAN 155
VIII. EVALUATIONSMAßNAHMEN IM BEREICH DER JAPANISCHEN HANDELSPOLITIK 157
IX. EVALUATION IM INTERNATIONALEN VERGLEICH 158
X. ZUSAMMENFASSUNG 160
BIBLIOGRAPHY 163
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 203