[Belonging・Position] Area Studies Center ・Chief Senior Researcher
[Research Field] Comparative politics, emerging democracies, political institutions, Southeast Asian politics
[email] Takeshi_Kawanaka E-mail
Profile Information (Research history, education, papers & publications)

Previous research

I have been exploring the determinants of the political instability of democracies that emerged in the Third Wave of Democratization in the late 20th century. Initially, I researched local power in the Philippines during my two years of fieldwork, with the aim of elucidating the mechanism of political power at the grassroots level in emerging democracies. I also analyzed the effects of political institutions on political outcomes and investigated the political determinants of income inequality in emerging democracies. In recent years, much of my work has focused on democratic backsliding.

Current research projects

I am examining the changes in political mobilization caused by the advancement of information technology as well as the transformation of the socio-economic structures, with a particular focus on Southeast Asia. The aim of my work is to reveal the mechanisms of political instability and democratic backsliding in emerging democracies.