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dc.contributor.authorHowell, Dennis H.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T21:36:34Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T21:36:34Z
dc.date.issued2005-05-10en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-05232005-094944en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/42780
dc.description.abstractThis research project assesses the continued utility of Allisonâ s three policy-making models in analyzing contemporary foreign policy problems. It also explores the effect of cultural considerations on Allisonâ s concepts by delving into the unique themes of Japanese politics. The climate in which this policy decision is made is framed through a discussion of the strategic environment and Japanese defense policy following the Cold War and 9/11. The rational actor, organizational process, and bureaucratic politics models are applied to Japanâ s 2003 decision to field a missile defense system through a qualitative analysis of English-language secondary hard-copy and online sources. Some Japanese government materials are reviewed as well; the Japanese language, however, presented challenges to research. Despite the expectation that the rational actor model best describes the Japanese approach to missile defense, this project shows the true value of Allisonâ s theories lies in their capacity to expose issues relevant to policy problems from varying perspectives. Japanâ s missile defense policy likely resulted from a combination of the three models, each influenced in varying degrees by the cultural aspects of Japanese politics.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartHowell_Thesis_Final_ETD.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectorganizational processen_US
dc.subjectrational actoren_US
dc.subjectGraham T. Allisonen_US
dc.subjectmissile defenseen_US
dc.subjectJapanen_US
dc.subjectbureaucratic politicsen_US
dc.titleJapan's Security Decisions: Allison's Conceptual Models and Missile Defense Policyen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentPolitical Scienceen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical Scienceen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairLuke, Timothy W.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMilly, Deborah J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberNelson, Scott C.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWalcott, Charles E.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05232005-094944/en_US
dc.date.sdate2005-05-23en_US
dc.date.rdate2008-06-29
dc.date.adate2005-06-29en_US


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