The Institute of International Comparative Political Studies
The Institute of International Comparative Political Studies was founded in 1991. The Institute's mission is to undertake, along with transnational research and fact-finding activities, all kinds of comparative research and fact-finding activities on the politics of advanced nations (including Japan) and the politics of developing nations and other related matters. Its aim is also to contribute to the further development of the social sciences.
This Institute was founded in connection with the Department of Political Science in the Faculty of Law one year after that Department's founding. It is the newest of the research institutes at Daito Bunka University and it cooperates with both the Faculty of Law and the Graduate School in matters of research and education. Almost all of the faculty members of the Department of Political Science are also research fellows of the Institute. Also, in order to promote the greater development and progress of research, visiting research fellows are invited to the Institute from abroad. At present the following five joint research activities are being carried out:
- Community Studies Working Group
- Policy Studies Working Group
- Media Studies Working Group
- Global Studies Working Group
- Studies Working Group Cooperating with City Government and Academics
Each research group meets on the average of four to five times a year in order to discuss the progress of research or of the literature in the field. Once a year a newsletter is published concerning these activities.
Furthermore, the Institute sponsors a symposium once a year for faculty members, students, and for members of the public at large, since it's established. Eminent researchers were invited to participate and an outline of the discussion that took place was published in Kokusai Hikaku Seiji Kenkyu (Research in International Comparative Politics), the Institute's annual bulletin.
Topic of Symposium
- The End of Socialism in the USSR
- The Welfare State at a Turning Point
- Politics and Journalism
- Ethnic Minorities and Nation-States
- The Nationalism in Europe -- Past, Present and Future
- Comparative Study of Mass Media and Elections
- The Repatriation of Hong Kong and Politics in China and Southeast Asia
- The New World Order in East Asia
- Tasks for Modern Politics
- May It Thaw in the Korean Peninsula?
- Rethinking of Removing Some Metropolitan Functions in Japan
- Environmental Problems and Political Science
- Let Us Think What Civil Servants Can Do for Local Community
- Prospects of East Asian Affairs in the Early 21st Century