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"Neighborhood Associations and Local Governance in Japan" was published

"Neighborhood Associations and Local Governance in Japan" was published by Routledge in June 2014.

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 By Robert J. Pekkanen, Yutaka Tsujinaka, Hidehiro Yamamoto

 Translated by Leslie Tkack-Kawasaki

 Neighborhood Associations and Local Governance in Japan

 Routledge

 Series of Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies

 This book draws on a unique and novel body of empirical  data derived from the first national survey of neighborhood  associations carried out in 2007 and provides a  multifaceted empirical portrait of Japan's neighborhood  associations. It examines how local associational    structures affect the quality of local governance, and thus  the quality of life for Japan's citizens and residents, and  illuminates the way in which these ambiguous associations can help us refine civil society theory and show how they contribute to governance.






Table of Contents

1. Neighborhood associations in Japan's civil society 
2. Profiles of neighborhood association organizations 
3. Structural operations of neighborhood associations 
4. Social capital and participation in neighborhood association activities 
5. Mutual collaboration between neighborhood associations and other organizations 
6. Neighborhood associations and social service activities 
7. Cooperation and collaboration with local governments 
8. Neighborhood associations and political participation 
9. Conclusion: Local community networks and straddling civil society structures

"Nonprofits and advocacy" was published

"Nonprofits and advocacy" was published in May 2014 by The Johns Hopkins University Press.

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 Edited by Robert J. Pekkanen, Steven Rathgeb Smith, and Yutaka Tsujinaka
 
 Nonprofts and Advocacy

 The Johns Hopkins University Press

















Table of Contents

Preface Robert J. Pekkanen and Steven Rathgeb Smith
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Nonprofit Advocacy: Definitions and Concepts Robert J. Pekkanen and Steven Rathgeb Smith

Part One: The Local and National Dimensions of Nonprofit Advocacy
  1  The Group Basis of City Politics Jeffrey M. Berry and Kent E. Portney
  2  Nonprofit Advocacy in Seattle and Washington, DC Robert J. Pekkanen and Steven Rathgeb Smith
  3  Shaping the Government-Nonprofit Partnership: Direct and Indirect Advocacy Elizabethe T. Boris and Matthew 

Maronick with Milena Nikolova
  4  Nonprofit Advocacy in the Nation's Capital Carol J. DeVita, Milena Nikolova, and Katie l. Roger
  5  From Skid Row to yhe Statehouse: How Nonprofit Homeless Service Providers Overcome Barriers to Policy 

Advocacy Involvement Jennifer E. Mosley

Part Two: Organizational Politics, Strategy, and Tactics
  6  Advocacy in Hard Times: Nonprofit Organizations and the Representation of Marginalized Groups in the Wake of 

Hurricane Katrina and 9/11 Dara Z. Strolovitch
  7  Gender Identity and the Shifting Basis of Advocacy by US Women's Groups, 1920-2000 Kristin Goss
  8  The Political Voice of American Children: Nonprofit Advocacy and a Century of Representation for Child Well-

Being Doug Imig
  9  Analyzing the Practice of Nonprofit Advocacy: Comparing Two Human Service Networks Jodi Sandfort
  10  Effective Advocacy: Lessons for Nonprofit Leaders from Research and Practice Gary D. Bass, Alan J. Abramson, and Emily Dewey

List of Contributors
Index

"Constructing Co-governance between Government and Civil Society: An Institutional Approach to Collaboration" was published

Our members' paper was published in December, 2013.

Yutaka Tsujinaka, Shakil Ahmed, Yohei Kobashi, Constructing Co-governance between Government and Civil Society: An Institutional Approach to Collaboration", Public Organization Review, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp.411-426.

This paper can be read at online journal below (SplingerLink).
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11115-013-0260-9


Result of the Survey on Civil Society Organizations conducted in 2012-2013

Thank you very much for your continuous cooperation in the survey of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that was conducted from November 2012- February 2013. We are very glad to inform you about the tentative result of the survey. Please refer to the following link for more information.

"1360 of 6983 CSOs, that were randomly chosen from the yellow pages of NTT Town Page, in Yamagata, Aichi, Kyoto, Osaka, Fukuoka, Okinawa prefecture have replied. Thank you very much"

"The number is already combined with another survey titled, "Civil Society Organizations after the Great East Japan Earthquake" for 7494 CSOs in Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaragi, Tokyo prefecture"

We will, from time to time, keep updating and adding to the presented results.If you like, please contact us at (Please replace the @sign with ※) jigs ※ japan.tsukuba.ac.jp. Thank you for providing guidance for publication.

July 2013

Tsujinaka Yutaka

Professor of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Board member of Japanese Political Science Association

Board member of  International Association of   Universities


Debrief report of the Survey on Civil Society Organizations conducted in 2012-2013(Quick estimation)(PDF:439KB, Japanese )


Result of the survey of groups conducted in 2011-2012

(edit April 3 : Result of complete count can be accessed at the page of "Civil Society database".)

"298 of 675 major groups, that we enlisted throughout Japan, had their leaders cooperating by replying to us last year. Thank you very much"

We are glad to inform about the tentative result of the survey. Please refer to the following link for more information and we would also  like to have your feedback. We are supposed to analyze research data in detail and eventually release the survey result at this website.

March 2013

Tsujinaka Yutaka

Professor of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Board member of Japanese Political Science Association

Board member of  International Association of   Universities


Debrief report of the survey of groups conducted in 2011-2012(Quick estimation)(PDF:1,261KB, Japanese)


Result of the survey of Civil Society Organizations after the Great East Japan Earthquake conducted in 2012-2013

Thank you very much for your continuous cooperation in the survey of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) after the Great East Japan Earthquake that was conducted from November 2012- February 2013. We are very glad to inform you about the tentative result of the survey. Please refer to the following link for more information.

"1910 of 7494 CSOs, that were randomly chosen from the yellow pages of NTT Town Page, in Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tokyo prefecture have replied. Thank you very much"

The number is already combined with another survey titled, "Civil Society Organizations" for 6983 CSOs in Yamagata, Aichi, Kyoto, Osaka, Fukuoka, Okinawa prefecture"

We will, from time to time keep updating and adding to present results. If you would like, please contact us at (Please replace the @ sign with ※) jigs ※ japan.tsukuba.ac.jp. Thank you for providing guidance for publication.

July 2013

Professor of faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Tsujinaka Yutaka


Debrief report of the survey of Civil Society Organizations after the Great East Japan Earthquake conducted in 2012-2013(Quick estimation)(PDF:439KB, Japanese)


CAJS Monograph No.3-5 were published

 We published three "CAJS Monographs":

No.3『現代韓国の市民社会・利益団体 再論: 第二次日韓社会団体調査データの比較に基づいて』

No.4『ジェンダーと日韓市民社会』

No.5 "Interconnections: Exploring Relationships through Networks and Hyperlinks"

You can read and download the articles from the web page.
The address is as follows:
http://cajs.tsukuba.ac.jp/monograph/


"How Vigilant is the Vibrant Civil Society in Bangladesh? A Survey-based Analysis" is published in October 2012

We published an article in

Journal of Civil Society


Title:
Abstract and preview are here:

CAJS Monograph No.2 was published

We published CAJS Monograph No.2 in March 2012.
You can read and download the articles from the web page.

The address is as follows:
http://www.cajs.tsukuba.ac.jp/monograph/

CAJS Monograph Webpage is ready

We published CAJS Monograph No.1 in March 2011.
Now we prepare the web page for the monograph.
You can read and download the articles from the web page.

The addrress is as follows:
http://www.cajs.tsukuba.ac.jp/monograph


"Special Promotion Project (TOKUSUI Project)" sponsored by The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT)

"A Comprehensive Empirical Study on the Three-Level Civil Society Structure and Governance in Japan, South Korea, the United States, Germany, and China in Comparative Perspective" (FY2005-till FY2009)

 

This research analyzes the structure of civil society in Japan with comparison in US, Korea, Germany and China using a holistic and empirical approach. It clarifies the interaction between politics and society. The structures sought in this study include components that delve into the three different levels of civil society. Based on the empirical surveys from comparative and historical standpoints, this research envisages a framework/model that will reflect and capture Japanese modern civil society.


Three levels of the civic organization are composed of the following:  1) neighbor based traditional organizations such as autonomous societies including clubs for child and elderly, 2) existing social organizations, and 3) emergent new form of bodies including NPOs and NGOs. Using different strategies, the investigation will be conducted as follows: in Japan the survey for each body will be investigated holistically, likewise in Korea, US, Germany, and China. The survey will be conducted by selecting three different locations per country. Based on the theoretical interaction of civil society, social capital, network policy, and governance, the study will be carried out through survey questionnaire that includes the following items: the attribution of the leader or party, the relation between other political or administrative actor, citizen and resident, the mutuality of the three levels of the civil society, evaluation assessment, action towards policy, credibility, and communality.

 

http://tsujinaka.net/tokusui/index.html


"Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S) Project (Kaken Kiban S Project)" sponsored by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

"A Comparative and Empirical Study of the Structural Changes in Politics and Transformations in Pressure Groups, Policy Networks, and Civil Society in Japan since 2009" (FY2010-till FY2014)

 

This multi-level research investigates how the series of recent political fluctuations in Japan, such as the change in government (2009) and following changes in public policy, impacted the policy process and civil society. Given that the political landscape has shifted, it is expected that changes will initially arise in the attitudes of pressure groups that obtain benefits by using their close ties with the government and parties. Concurrent with such changes are anticipated shifts in the policy networks among actors, and along with decentralization, such as transformations will spread to local governments, grass-roots interest groups, and civil society organizations.

 

The purpose of this project is to systematically survey 1) pressure groups, 2) policy networks, 3) local government and civil society, and from these three levels to identify the fluctuations in the structure of Japanese politics and shifts in the relationship between politics and society. This type of multi-dimensional empirical study that incorporates time-series comparisons from various perspectives is rare. Using modern Japan after the year 2009 as a case, this project will undertake such a study.


http://tsujinaka.net/kibans/

 


"Special Research Project on CIVIL SOCIETY, THE STATE AND CULTURE IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE -New Values in the Age of Globalization and Reconstruction of the Public"

This project deals with the challenges put forward by the advent of globalization. It clarifies issues regarding how to establish communal value and base, and the way to search public policy based on the identification of new communality. It takes into account cross-disciplinary and multi-methodology researches from Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

http://csc.social.tsukuba.ac.jp/csc/en/index.html