Volume 2 (2014)

Special Issue: Grassroots Participation: A Democratic Renewal?

Grassroots participation is currently active in various areas of the world, including states with established political institutions. This phenomenon may suggest that formal governance alone is insufficient to answer the problems of today’s societies that are crisscrossed by internal divisions. On the one hand, bottom-up activism may bridge such divisions, especially by empowering marginalized or invisible actors, and consequently renew democracy. On the other hand, uncoordinated activism may simply lead to more confusion. This issue attempts to analyze the challenges of grassroots activism as it interacts with the formal political process.

Mari Miura, Sophia University
Editorial Board:
Hideaki Ashitate, Kyoto Sangyo University
Takeshi Ito, Senshu University
Yuko Kasuya, Keio University

Table of Contents

The “Cloudization” of Social Movements: The Esthetic Approach to Protest through the Example of “Kawaii Direct Action”


Grassroots Democrats and the Japanese State After Fukushima
Sherry Martin MURPHY

DOI: 10.15545/2.19

The Role of Civil Society and Participatory Governance in Japanese Democracy: Citizen Activities and the Concept of a Citizen Municipality

DOI: 10.15545/2.39

Rethinking Grassroots Participation in Nested Deliberative Systems
Tetsuki TAMURA

DOI: 10.15545/2.63

Can Universities Supply Citizenship Education? A Theoretical Insight
Noritada MATSUDA

DOI: 10.15545/2.89

Rethinking Soviet Democracy: Popular Participation in Family Law Reform after Stalin

DOI: 10.15545/2.111