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Understanding institutional change in Asia: a comparative perspective with Europe

Objective

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 legal variables. 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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/political economy
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems/corruption

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2014
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

ECOLE DES HAUTES ETUDES EN SCIENCES SOCIALES
Address
54 Bd Raspail
75270 Paris 6
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 445 500

Participants (2)

FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 229 500
Address
Kaiserswerther Strasse 16-18
14195 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 103 500
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (2)

WASEDA UNIVERSITY
Japan
Address
1-104 Totsuka Machi, Shinjuku-ku
169-8050 Tokyo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Maison franco-japonaise - Bureau francais
Japan
Address
3-9-25 Ebisu Shibuya-ku
150-0013 Tokyo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)