Professor Robert Pekkanen (Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies; Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science) will speak on How the Conservatives Still Rule Japan: The 2012 General Election. A reception will follow. Please note that this lecture may be recorded.
Professor Pekkanen teaches an introductory class on contemporary Japan and graduate and undergraduate courses on Japanese civil society, politics and political parties.
He has published articles on Japanese politics in The American Political Science Review, The British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, and other journals. His first book, Japan's Dual Civil Society: Members without Advocates (Stanford University Press, 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. His second book (coauthored with Ellis S. Krauss) The Rise and Fall of Japan's LDP: Political Party Organizations as Historical Institutions (Cornell, 2010) investigates the LDP--arguably the most successful political party in any democracy in the 20th Century. Pekkanen also produced a coauthored book in Japanese (Bokutakusha, 2009) on Japan's Neighborhood Associations and Local Governance, and coedited volume from Routledgeon Local Organizations and Urban Goverenance in East and Southeast Asia (with lead editor Benjamin Read).
This event is sponsored by the UW Asian Law Center.