Professors Information

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NAKANO Koichi
中野 晃一

Professor
Comparative Politics, Japanese Politics, and Political Theory.

B.A., University of Tokyo
B.A., University of Oxford
M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

Research and Teaching Interests:

My research focuses on a variety of issues of contemporary Japanese politics from comparative, historical, and philosophical perspectives, including globalization and nationalism; the Yasukuni problem; language, media and politics; amakudari and administrative reform in Japan; decentralization; and the cross-national transfer of policy ideas. I also have a keen interest in the politics of Britain, France, other western European countries, and the EU. I teach a range of courses in the field of comparative politics, Japanese politics, and political theory, and as I do so, I strive to connect the normative and conceptual analyses with empirical studies of political phenomena.

Education and Research Information

Selected Publications

Books

  • Party Politics and Decentralization in Japan and France: When the Opposition Governs (Abingdon: Routledge, 2010).
  • The Democratic Party of Japan: Challenges and Failures, eds. with Yoichi Funabashi (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016), translated by Kate Dunlop.
  • Disasters and Social Crisis in Contemporary Japan: Political, Religious, and Sociocultural Responses, eds. with Mark R. Mullins (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
  • Ukeikasuru Nihon Seiji (Rightward Shift of Japanese Politics) (Tokyo: Iwanami Shinsho, 2015).
  • Sengo Nihon no Kokka Hoshu Shugi: Naimu Jichi Kanryō no Kiseki (State Conservatism in Postwar Japan: the Career Paths of ex-Interior Bureaucrats) (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2013).

Book Chapters and Journal Articles

  • “Organizational Legacies of Authoritarian Police in Postwar Japan” in Weitseng Chen and Hualing Fu (eds.), Regime Type and Beyond: The Transformation of Police in Asia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2023), pp. 214-243.
  • “The rightward shift of Japanese politics: Interest, reform, and identity” in Noriko Murai et al. (eds.), Japan in the Heisei Era (1989-2019) (Abingdon: Routledge, 2022), pp. 33-43.
  •  “The Politics of Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendment in Japan: The Case of the Pacifist Article 9” in Rehan Abeyratne and Ngoc Son Bui (eds.), The Law and Politics of Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendments in Asia(Abingdon: Routledge, 2022), pp. 23-45.
  •  “Crisis of Constitutional Democracy and the New Civic Activism in Japan: From SEALDs to Civil Alliance” in Helen Hardacre et al. (eds.), Japanese Constitutional Revisionism and Civic Activism (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2021), pp. 39-59.
  •  “Neoliberal Turn of State Conservatism in Japan: From Bureaucratic to Corporatist Authoritarian Legality” in Weitseng Chen and Hualing Fu (eds.), Authoritarian Legality in Asia: Formation, Development and Transition(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020), pp. 337-363.
  •  “Cross-National Transfer of Policy Ideas: Agencification in Britain and Japan,” Governance, vol. 17, no. 2 (April 2004), pp. 169-188.
  •  “The Role of Ideology and Elite Networks in the Decentralisation Reforms in France of the 1980s,” West European Politics, vol. 23, no. 3 (July 2000), pp. 97-114.
  •  “Nationalism and Localism in Japan’s Political Debate of the 1990s,” The Pacific Review, vol. 11, no. 4 (1998), pp. 505-524.
  •  “The Politics of Administrative Reform in Japan, 1993-1998: Toward a More Accountable Government?” Asian Survey, vol. 38, no. 3 (March 1998), pp. 291-309.
  •  “Becoming a ‘Policy’ Ministry: The Organization and Amakudari of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications,” The Journal of Japanese Studies, vol. 24, no. 1 (1998), pp. 95-117.

COURSES

Faculty of Liberal Arts
Course No.                              Title
POL201 THEORIES AND THEMES OF CONTEMPORARY POLITICS
POL301 CLASSICAL WESTERN POLITICAL THEORY
POL305 MODERN WESTERN POLITICAL THEORY
POL321 JAPANESE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
POL422 COMPARATIVE POLITICS OF ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACIES
Graduate Program in Global Studies
Course No.                              Title
AG502Z COMPARATIVE POLITICS
AG504Z DEMOCRACY IN GLOBALIZATION
AG702Z ADVANCED STUDIES IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS
AG7003Z ADVANCED STUDIES IN DEMOCRACY IN GLOBALIZATION

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