Bobrow, Davis B.; Kudrle, Robert T.
July 1987
World Politics;Jul87, Vol. 39 Issue 4, p536
Academic Journal
This paper develops a set of general prescriptions for the behavior of middle-level powers with modest natural resources. The authors use the case of Japanese energy policy to develop with modest natural resources. The authors use the case of Japanese energy policy to develop prescriptions and demonstrate their feasibility. They do not imply that Japan is an inherently typical middle power, nor do they contend that the policy guidelines they put forward provide a complete explanation of why the Japanese economy has outperformed many others. But they do believe that the Japanese energy case exemplifies what it means for middle powers to come to terms with the post-World War II world, to adapt to the difficulties and opportunities provided by the world market, and to try to shape them in a nationally beneficial manner. Atypically extreme cases can serve to make policy possibilities especially clear.


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