Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Raphael Zariski
Dr. Joong-Gun Chung
The adaptational approach to comparative politics will be investigated in order to apply the best method to the study of the structural-functional features of the Japanese local government system. That adaptation of local government to meet the demands of the masses for better living conditions has started a new phase of prefectural administration in Japan. In the last fifteen years, the adverse effects of industrialization and urbanization on Japanese localities have increased their costs over their benefits and forced the people to push for stronger environmental policies to protect their health and welfare. The response to the demands of the masses for anti-pollution measures has come from the governors of the prefectural governments and has greatly affected the very nature of the Japanese local government system.
Wingender, John R., "A Study of the Adaptation of Local Government: The Test Case of the Japanese Prefectural System" (1980). Student Work. 2251.