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Roundtable Session

(51) New Frontiers in Research on Institutional Change: Evidence from East Asia

3/23/2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Roosevelt Room 3, Exhibit Level

“New Frontiers in Research on Institutional Change: Evidence from East Asia" presents contemporary scholarship on the causes, processes and significance of institutional transformations in China, Japan and the Republic of Korea. Drawing on recent findings in the theoretical literature, we look at how institutional changes—both formal and informal—at the local, national and international levels shape and/or reflect a range of socio-economic phenomena, including economic reform, changes in state capacity, and slow-moving demographic developments.  In so doing, we explore the extent to which East Asian examples open up new avenues of research under the “New Institutionalism” rubric, all the while casting a critical eye on the conceptual and theoretical strengths and weaknesses of relevant paradigms.  As we touch on these and related topics, we will introduce findings from our own research. Juan Wang will discuss endogenous and informal institutional changes as they relate to recent developments in Chinese politics, while Jiyeoun Song will address the effects of electoral, agenda-setting and other political institutional changes on the rapid expansion of child and elderly care programs in South Korea over the past two decades. Patricia Maclachlan and Kay Shimizu will assess institutional change in Japan’s agricultural sector, with Maclachlan focusing on the interactive effects of market liberalization and population decline on local coop change, and Shimizu on how and why change-oriented coops are striving to strike a balance between the seemingly incompatible goals of promoting liberal economic values and serving the public interest of rural communities.  Finally, Yves Tiberghien will adopt a more broadly comparative perspective as he explores how—and the extent to which—international institutions and agreements affect domestic institutional change in Japan, China and Korea.  In the interest of deepening our conversation on the promises and pitfalls of institutional theories and analysis, we will invite our audience not only to raise questions for the panelists but also to bring their own research insights to the table. 

 

 

Patricia L. Maclachlan

University of Texas at Austin, Texas

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University of Texas at Austin, Texas

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    University of Texas at Austin, Texas

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      Kay Shimizu

      University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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        Juan Wang

        McGill University, Quebec, Canada

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          Yves Tiberghien

          University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada

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