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Klaus J. Hopt, Eddy Wymeersch, Hideki Kanda, and Harald Baum

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199290703

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290703.001.0001

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The Proper Role of Bureaucracy in a Modern Market Economy: The Case of Japan

The Proper Role of Bureaucracy in a Modern Market Economy: The Case of Japan

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(p.338) (p.339) The Proper Role of Bureaucracy in a Modern Market Economy: The Case of Japan
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Corporate Governance in Context
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Christian Kirchner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290703.003.0017

This chapter shows that determining the proper role of bureaucracy in a market economy is a problem which should not be solved by simply applying universally the tools of neo-classical economic analysis. It demonstrates that meaningful proposals require an in-depth analysis of the institutional framework of the country under review. A new institutional economics approach is helpful in identifying the crucial issues of regulatory reform. In the case of Japan, regulatory reform is more than enhancing the efficiency of existing mechanisms. A structural reform of the political system appears to be a necessary step in order to reach the goals of regulatory reforms.

Keywords:   regulatory reform, bureaucracy, market economy, institutional framework, institutional economics

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