Out with the Old, In with the New
Revisionist assumptions reached their peak just as the Clinton administration was taking office. In this chapter the author demonstrates how the new policy team quickly rejected traditionalist thinking and clearly adopted revisionist assumptions about Japan. This chapter first analyzes Japan‐related thinking inside the Clinton campaign and then traces the attitudes toward Japan of the administration's new political appointees. The core of the chapter focuses on the main policymaking body in the White House, the Deputies Committee. Based on extensive interviews with participants in this group, the author is able to demonstrate how the administration came to adopt revisionist assumptions. This then led to a dramatically different trade policy of pursuing “results‐oriented” agreements with Japan that were to include numerical indicators to measure import penetration, and clear penalties if imports did not rise. Here is a case where one can almost see one set of policy assumptions being replaced by another.
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