Dr. Eiji Kawabata
I am Assistant Professor of Political Science. I teach courses in International Relations, International Political Economy, and Asian Politics. My current research focuses on changes in government policymaking in Japan. In my book, Contemporary Government Reform in Japan: The Dual State in Flux (Palgrave, 2006), I analyze contemporary government reform in Japan and provide a detailed account of several important political issues, including administrative reform, the development of telecommunications policy, and the expansion of postal business operations. My previous work appeared in Governance, Social Science Japan Journal, and International Relations of the Asia-Pacific.
In the discipline of international relations (IR), conventional approaches focus on military and economic interactions among major powers, based on materialistic views. As a result, these approaches neglected ideational issues related to identity, gender, and ethnicity. However, these issues are becoming increasingly more important in current world politics. Reflecting the conventional trend in the discipline, our course offerings in IR do not include a course focusing on these ideational issues, and many students have voiced their interest in taking a course on these ideational issues. In the proposed project, to fill this void, I will develop a new course focusing on identity, gender, and ethnicity, in world politics.