UTokyo ISS Lecture: “Environmental Advocacy in East Asia: A New Policy Network Model”
The Contemporary Japan Group at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Social Science (ISS) will hold the lecture as follows.
Pre-registration is not required.
Environmental Advocacy in East Asia: A New Policy Network Model
Mary Alice Haddad (Wesleyan University)
October 18, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Akamon Sōgō Kenkyūtō Room 549,
Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo
East Asia is hostile to environmental advocacy. It is home to developmentalist, pro-business governments, not all of which are democratic. It has few professional advocacy organizations, and weak
Green parties. And yet, Japan has been a leader in emission standards for decades, China has recently become the world’s largest producer of photovoltaic panels, and Korea and Taiwan have both embarked on major green initiatives that involve not just green business development but also new national parks, widespread energy conservation, and comprehensive recycling efforts. This presentation will lay out new evidence showing that activists across East Asia, indeed across the world, utilize a relatively small number of strategies (e.g., make a friend on the inside, make it work for business, make it work locally, contribute to education, art, and radical innovation) that are particularly successfully in achieving pro-environmental behavior change among governments, businesses, and citizens. The presentation will develop a new model of how networks influence policymaking to explain why these strategies are particularly effective.