Scott Wilbur was the 2018 Banque de France Chair at the Center for French-Japanese Advanced Studies of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). He holds a Ph.D. in political science and international relations from USC. His dissertation analyzes the political economy of zombie firms, unprofitable businesses supported by financial relief.
More broadly, Dr. Wilbur’s research examines how political institutions and politicians influence economic outcomes, with a regional focus on Japan. His research has been funded by a Fulbright grant.
EAST 400, PLSC 417
Politics and Economics in Japan
Japan has undergone far-reaching political and economic transformations since the 1990s, from elections characterized by personalistic appeals to elections characterized by increasingly programmatic party competition, and from insulated markets to open markets. However, in the new context of prolonged low growth and structural developments, Japan continues to experience major political changes and face important political challenges. This seminar offers an introduction to current politics and economics in Japan. To begin, it puts politics and economics in Japan in a historical perspective. Then, it addresses a range of contemporary issues, including demographics, migration, and women’s role in society.