3.11: Disaster and Change in Japan, Richard J. Samuels
In Japan, “3.11” was quickly declared a galvanizing crisis. The compound disaster of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown, many held, would mark an indelible dividing line, reshape the country’s political institutions, and define its historical epoch. Has that happened? No comprehensive answer is possible, but Richard Samuels provides an expert interim report on how Japan’s “political entrepreneurs,” “elites, ”and “chattering classes” (pp. x–xi), interpreted 3.11 and sought to translate its ostensible lessons into national policy. While this is not a work of ground‐level reportage or a study of regional reconstruction, it is clearly the product of a deep sympathy for the disaster’s immediate victims and Japan as a whole.
Samuels begins by describing the institutional responses that followed when “sudden devastation”was added to the “slow devastation”(p. x) wrought by years of economic downturn. Next, he presents his own analytical framework, and moves on to review the consequences of four of Japan’s major earthquakes in modern times, other major disasters elsewhere, and the mixed evidence for the transformative potential of “disaster diplomacy.”
To continue reading, see options above.
Join the Academy of Political Science and automatically receive Political Science Quarterly.
The Powell Doctrine
Publishing since 1886, PSQ is the most widely read and accessible scholarly journal with distinguished contributors such as: Lisa Anderson, Robert A. Dahl, Samuel P. Huntington, Robert Jervis, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Theda Skocpol, Woodrow Wilsonview additional issues
Articles | Book reviews
PERSPECTIVES ON PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, 1992–2020
The Academy of Political Science, promotes objective, scholarly analyses of political, social, and economic issues. Through its conferences and publications APS provides analysis and insight into both domestic and foreign policy issues.
With neither an ideological nor a partisan bias, PSQ looks at facts and analyzes data objectively to help readers understand what is really going on in national and world affairs.