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My area of specialization is Japanese politics. My current areas of research and teaching interest are civil society, Japanese neighborhood associations, Japanese party politics and legislative organization and comparative party and legislative organization.

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ロバート・ペッカネン        ワシントン大学


cover for Japan’s Dual Civil Society







Short Bio

Robert Pekkanen is  Associate Professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington.  Harvard University awarded him a Ph.D. in political science in 2002. He has published articles on Japanese politics in such journals as The American Political Science Review, The British Journal of Political Science,  and Comparative Political Studies among others. His first book, Japan's Dual Civil Society: Members without Advocates (Stanford, 2006) won the Ohira Prize in 2008 and an award from the Japanese Nonprofit Research Association (JANPORA) in 2007.  The Japan Times also featured it as one of the "Best Asia Books" of 2006. A Japanese translation appeared in 2008. With lead editor Benjamin L. Read, he edited a volume on local organizations published by Routledge in 2009. His third book, Neighborhood Associations and Governance in Japan, appeared the same year (co-authored in Japanese with Yutaka Tsujinaka and Hidehiro Yamamoto). Pekkanen's fourth book departs from the theme of civil society and associational life to examine party organization and theories of institutional change and origin through the case of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party. The Rise and Fall of Japan's LDP: Political Parties Organizations as Historical Institutions  published by Cornell University Press in 2010, co-authored with Ellis S. Krauss.  Pekkanen is currently co-PI on a major research projected funded by the National Science Foundation to investigate parties' nomination strategies and legislative organization in eight countries.  Pekkanen has interviewed over 50 members of the Japanese Diet, and shadowed several in the past few elections. He himself has been interviewed by media including PBS's "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer," The Christian Science Monitor, Asahi Shimbun (Japan), USA Today, and radio programs in the US, China, Jamaica and Australia.

September 10th, 2005: (L-->R) Jun'ichiro Koizumi, Martha Leche, Ellis Krauss, Robert Pekkanen







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