This paper looks at how recent Japanese prime ministers have counterintuitively limited political control over the bureaucracy. It uses conflicts at the foreign and defense ministries to illustrate how the presence of multiple principals alters principal-agent theory and its implications for the politician-bureaucrat relationship. This study integrates the Japanese case into comparative scholarship on Taiwan and Korea.
Research Article| July 01 2009
Administrative Reform in East Asia: The Importance of Multiple Principals
Asian Survey (2009) 49 (4): 625–646.
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George Ehrhardt; Administrative Reform in East Asia: The Importance of Multiple Principals. Asian Survey 1 July 2009; 49 (4): 625–646. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2009.49.4.625
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