What effect did nation building have on politics? Describe what Diet politics were like and try to identify why they were that way. Nation building had many effects on politics. First of all, nation-building programs meant that more people had to pay taxes in order for the government to afford it. Many of these people did not have the right to vote, which enraged them (Gordon 125). “Electoral politics encouraged a vigorous partisan press, political parties, and other practices of democratic political systems: speech meetings and rallies, speaking tours and demonstrations” (Gordon 126). People were gaining more political rights, however those rights also came with certain obligations to the state (military, attending school, taxes). Diet politics were more democratic. There were elections (not that everyone had a right to vote), a House of Representatives, etc. “Diet members voted on
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