TITLE

IS THERE A SPECIFIC POLITICAL LIFESTYLE IN ASIA AND EUROPE, WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO JAPAN AND THE UNITED KINGDOM?

AUTHOR(S)
AINSCOW STOCKWIN, JAMES ARTHUR
PUB. DATE
June 2013
SOURCE
Megatrend Review;2013, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p127
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article deals with the issue of specific political lifestyle in Asia and Europe. The author focused his attention to the special reference to Japan and the United Kingdom. Having in mind modern, democratic societies, the author seeks to answer the following questions: 1) How does the profession of politicians differ from other professions? 2) What motivates and drives politicians? 3) What types of pressure affect the lifestyle of politicians? 4) How deeply is the lifestyle of politicians affected by the type of political system in which they operate? 5) Is there an Asian (or Japanese) political lifestyle that differs fundamentally from a European (or British) political lifestyle? After answering these issues, in his Conclusion, the author concludes that politics is messy, untidy, imperfect, subject to competing pressures that politicians, and especially political lead- ers, have to manage somehow, making snap decisions with all too little time for reflection, facing both political opponents and probing mass media that seek constantly to uncover a politician's weak points. It is a Darwinian world in which the fittest survive, for a time at least. Admittedly, power-hungry, unscrupulous and bigoted individuals do sometimes succeed even in democratic politics. But what this shows is that democracy is not a perfect system.
ACCESSION #
89521713

 

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