“Cities, Autonomy, and Decentralization in Japan” edited by Carola Hein and Philippe Pelletier

Posted August 20th, 2009 at 12:29 pm.

Adding a new perspective to the current literature on decentralization in Japan, Cities, Autonomy and Decentralization in Japan, approaches the subject from an urban studies and planning approach. The essays in the collection present a cogent compilation of case studies focusing on the past, present and future of decentralization in Japan.  The include small scale development in the fields such as citizen participation (machizukuri), urban form and architecture, disaster prevention and conservation of monuments.

The contributors suggest that new trends are emergeing after the bursting of Japan’s economic bubble and assess them in the context of the country’s larger socio-political system.  This in-depth analysis of the development outside of Japan provides a valuable addition to students of Urban, Asian and Japanese Studies.  (Routledge Taylor & Francis Group)

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