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2014/01/21 13:55 [Detail]
The 85th Annual Conference of Southern Political Science Association

Four CAJS members (Drs. Kobashi, Kikuchi, Ahmed, and Ismailov) participated in the 85th Annual Conference of Southern Political Science Association, which was held in New Orleans, USA between January 9 and 11, and gave presentations on GEPON (global environmental policy network) and JIGS (cross-national survey on civil society organizations and interest groups in 15 countries) projects.

At "Political Networks and Policy" panel on January 10, Dr. Kobashi presented his co-authored paper on environmental policy network in Japan. (Anar Koli, Yutaka Tsujinaka, and Yohei Kobashi. "The Global Environmental Policy Network in Contemporary Japan.")

Regarding the JIGS project, Dr. Kikuchi chaired a panel titled "Social and Political Aspects of Civil Society Organizations in Comparative Perspective" on January 11. At this panel, Dr. Ismailov presented a paper on neighborhood associations in Japan and Uzbekistan. (Murod Ismailov. "Can social capital be nurtured outside a democratic system? A comparative perspective on Uzbekistan and Japan.") In addition, Drs. Kobashi and Ahmed gave a presentation on a co-authored paper on the service of civil society organizations (Yohei Kobashi, Shakil Ahmed, and Yutaka Tsujinaka. "Service of Civil Society in Developed and Developing Counties: A Cross National Analysis of Japan Interest Group Study."), whereas Dr. Kikuchi presented a paper on the causal linkage between party systems and interest group systems. (Hirokazu Kikuchi. "Party Systems and Civil Society Organizations in Comparative Perspective: Evidence from Japan Interest Group Study.").

Discussants provided constructive comments at both of the panels, and panel participants as well as audiences engaged in lively discussions.

URL:http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/spsa/spsa14/

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