In April 2010, a new institute-wide joint project "Reconsidering Governance" was launched by the Institute of Social Science (ISS), University of Tokyo.
|“Reconsidering Governance,” an international symposium, was held on May 21, 2013 at the University of Tokyo. For details, click here.
Debates on governance epitomize the issues facing Japan and the world today. Our research emphasizes the following two perspectives.
Analysis of various types and levels of governance and synthesis of governance study results: the governance of organizations and systems, such as livelihood security, local governance, and the market and corporations, needs to be analyzed according to the structure and context specific to the particular organization or system. At the same time, our research comprehensively re-examines the concerns shared by various governance studies and the complementarities among them.
Why is governance posed as an issue: what does the seemingly coincidental development of multiple theories of governance imply? Were the advocates of existing governance theories fully aware of the significance of the problems as presented by themselves? Our research re-examines the effectiveness of governance as well as the factors that problematize reasons for governance to be posed as an issue.
It is our goal to 1) advance governance research with a cross-disciplinary approach involving law, political science, economics, sociology, and other academic disciplines, 2) offer an outlook for governance which can appropriately respond to the issues in contemporary society, and 3) contribute to the creative theorization of such governance.
In addressing these objectives, we focus especially on three areas of study: the livelihood security system and the global economic crisis, local governance, and market / corporations. In reaction to the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011, we also examine the governance of the reconstruction process from the earthquake.