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dc.contributor.authorHowell, Dennis H.en
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T21:36:34Zen
dc.date.available2014-03-14T21:36:34Zen
dc.date.issued2005-05-10en
dc.identifier.otheretd-05232005-094944en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/42780en
dc.description.abstractThis research project assesses the continued utility of Allison's three policy-making models in analyzing contemporary foreign policy problems. It also explores the effect of cultural considerations on Allison'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 Japan'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 Allison's theories lies in their capacity to expose issues relevant to policy problems from varying perspectives. Japan'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
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.relation.haspartHowell_Thesis_Final_ETD.pdfen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectorganizational processen
dc.subjectrational actoren
dc.subjectGraham T. Allisonen
dc.subjectmissile defenseen
dc.subjectJapanen
dc.subjectbureaucratic politicsen
dc.titleJapan's Security Decisions: Allison's Conceptual Models and Missile Defense Policyen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentPolitical Scienceen
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical Scienceen
dc.contributor.committeechairLuke, Timothy W.en
dc.contributor.committeememberMilly, Deborah J.en
dc.contributor.committeememberNelson, Scott G.en
dc.contributor.committeememberWalcott, Charles E.en
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05232005-094944/en
dc.date.sdate2005-05-23en
dc.date.rdate2008-06-29en
dc.date.adate2005-06-29en


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