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FY 2013/2014 Research Topic: C-42
Comparative Politics of Metropolises in Asia


More than half of the people in Asia nowadays live in the urban sphere. As societies in the region are more urbanized, the importance of the governance of and politics within cities has also been growing. This importance becomes especially complicated in a metropolis, primarily due to its multi-layer structure of government agencies and its overlapping authorities in policy implementation.
Our research group on the comparative politics of metropolises in Asia will conduct an in-depth study on the emerging political issues that take place in the metropolises of East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, and also their impact on national level politics. By centering our unit of analysis on metropolises instead of states, we also aim to establish a format of comparative politics that enables the placement of growing transnational influences within the policy making process. In this time of subnational agencies going global, this new framework of analysis offers an appropriate way to examine the politics of metropolises and the impact of urbanization on politics in Asia.


April 2013-March 2014

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] AIZAWA Nobuhiro
[ Co-researchers ] REN zhe