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INCAS: Understanding institutional change in Asia: a comparative perspective with Europe

The project INCAS aims at creating a top-level research and advanced training network on institutional change in Asia, in comparative perspective with Europe. The coordinator, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France), promotes this network together with Oxford University, Freie Universität Berlin, in collaboration with Waseda University (Japan). The partners have chosen Japan as a reference point because of its comparability with Europe as shown by previous studies, its historical influence on development and further institutional changes in Asia, and the expertise accumulated within our research team.

Our approach, which refers to the literature on comparative capitalism, is fundamentally interdisciplinary by nature, as it aims at gathering economists, economic historians, political economy specialists, sociologists, and lawyers, who are specialized in various fields such as finance, labor economics and sociology, Asian studies, etc. Our major aim is to propose a new theory of institutional change that better takes into account diverse dimensions that have been overlooked by previous attempts such as: the historical experience of institutional change in Asia that went hand in hand with growth and development; the relations between (especially financial) liberalization and corporate diversity; the interaction between political economy, socio-economic and. It requires not only the interdisciplinary approach described above but also an empirical investigation that mobilizes a database for corporate characteristics.

Each institutional member of INCAS has developed its own research strategy on a similar object (institutional change in Asia and Europe) and the goal of this project is to organize a knowledge transfer within our team (and later outside the research team) in order to build a comprehensive research program.

EU-Japan aspect in INCAS

The Waseda Institute for Advanced Study has a research exchange relationship with Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Oxford University that started before this project. Through the INCAS project, joint research could be implemented between the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Oxford University, the Freie Universität Berlin, UBC, Stanford and others. By accepting young researchers from other institutions, the research at Waseda is stimulated. By using the Core-to-Core funding programme from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Waseda is able to send out young researchers to the other institutions.

In order to participate in the project, Waseda first successfully applied to the “Topic-Setting Program: To advance Cutting-Edge Humanities and Social Sciences Research” from JSPS. Afterwards it also applied to the Core-to-Core programme of JSPS. The first application was not successful, however, the second time around, the proposal was adopted.

 

Project details:

Period: From 2015-06-01 to 2019-05-31

Total cost: EUR 778 500 (EU side total cost, excluding funding from JSPS)

EU contribution: EUR 778 500

Project information:http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/194387_en.html

Project website: https://incas.hypotheses.org/ 

The project was made possible through matching funding from JSPS

 

Consortium Partners:

Coordinator of the consortium:

ECOLE DES HAUTES ETUDES EN SCIENCES SOCIALES (France)

 

Members of the consortium (Beneficiaries):

Internationales Institut Fuer Angewandte Systemanalyse (Austria)

FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN (Germany)

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD (United Kingdom)

 

International partners:

WASEDA UNIVERSITY (JAPAN)

MAISON FRANCO-JAPONAISE