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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien



Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F
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Tokyo 102-0094, Japan

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Labour Market Liberalisation after the Lehman Crisis: Comparing France, Germany and Japan

December 14 - December 15, 2018



Day 1         December 14th (Friday)

9:45 A.M. - 10 A.M.

10 A.M. - 12 P.M.
Panel 1: Changes in Public Sentiment and their Implications for Labour Market Policy

Chair: Steffen Heinrich, German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)

When Voters Favour the Social Investment Welfare State

Marc Brazzill and Hideko Magara, Waseda University, Yuki Yanai, Kochi University of

Solidarity and Self-Interest Theories: Testing Segmentation and Social Welfare Preferences in France, Germany, Japan and South Korea

Nate Breznau, University of Bremen

Labour Market Dualisation, Inequality Aversion and Policy Change

Paul Marx, University of Duisburg-Essen

The Change in Labour Market Policy Preferences in Germany, Japan and Taiwan before and after the 2008 Financial Crisis

Chung-Yang Yeh, Soochow University

12 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.
Lunch Break

1:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Panel 2: Post-Lehman Labour Policy: Priority on Economic Growth or Social Protection?

Chair: Jun Imai, Sophia University

Contesting the ‘Liberal Pensée Unique’? In-Work Benefits in France and Germany before and after the Crash

Daniel Clegg and Jochen Clasen, University of Edinburgh

Still on the Path of Liberalisation? Reforms of Non-Standard Work in Germany and Japan after the Lehman Crash

Steffen Heinrich, German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)

Economic Growth through Social Protection? Tentative Analysis on the Nature of PM Abe’s Work Style Reform

Shinji Kojima, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Changing Discourses on Labour Market Inequalities after the Lehman Crisis in Japan

Machiko Osawa, Japan’s Women University

3:30 P.M. - 3:45 P.M.
Coffee Break

3:45 P.M. - 5:45 P.M.
Panel 3: Labour Markets and Institutional Change

Chair: Sebastien Lechevalier, EHESS

French Employment Policy and Labour Market Reforms, the Political Economy of a Neoliberal Transformation

Bruno Amable, University of Geneva

Non-Standard Work and Labour Market Segmentation: Institutional Change and Occupational Shifts

Werner Eichhorst, IZA and University of Bremen, and Verena Tobsch, INES Berlin

Logics of Liberalisation under Non-Liberal Capitalism: Japan’s, France’s and Germany’s Trajectories Compared

Stefan Heeb, University of Geneva

“Pernicious Institutional Complementarity” and the Politics of Welfare and Labour Reform in Japan

Takaaki Suzuki, Ohio University

5:45 P.M. - 6 P.M.
Coffee Break

6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.
Labour Market Liberalisation after the Lehman Crisis: Comparing France, Germany and Japan

Bruno Amable, University of Geneva
Paul Marx, University of Duisburg-Essen
Mari Miura, Sophia University in Tokyo

10 years after the collapse of the investment firm Lehman Brothers, a shift in discourses on structural labour market reforms is becoming ever more visible. Whereas before the crash many experts and policymakers had argued that market-oriented reforms were necessary to improve labour market and economic performance, the social costs of liberalisation now seem to attract much more attention.

Yet the jury is still out on whether this discursive shift has prompted a similar change in policy. While policies emphasising social equality appear to have gained in popularity (e.g. minimum wages, equal treatment for non-standard workers), structural reforms echoing liberalisation are also still on the agenda (e.g. French reforms of labour contract law).

This event aims to shed light on this mixed picture of continuity and change by bringing together three renowned scholars from France, Germany, and Japan for a roundtable discussion. They will discuss whether and to what extent the Lehman crisis (a.k.a. the global financial crisis) has indeed led to a lasting reorientation of labour market policy and politics.

This DIJ Roundtable is part of two day workshop jointly organised by the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), l’EHESS, Paris and the Japanese-German Centre Berlin (JDZB). The full programme of the workshop is available here.

Bruno Amable is professor of economics at the University of Geneva. He is an expert on the varieties of capitalism, institutions and their influence on innovation and industries. In recent years, he has further expanded his research focus on labour markets, European structural reforms and employment policy.

Paul Marx is professor of political science and socio-economics at the University of Duisburg-Essen and affiliated with the Danish Centre for Welfare Studies and the IZA Institute of Labour Economics. His interests include social and political inequality, political behaviour, and welfare state and labour market analysis.

Mari Miura is professor of political science at Sophia University in Tokyo and academic advisor to the All-partisan Caucus for the Promotion of Gender Equality in Politics. She is well-known for her research on gender equality and labour politics in Japan. She is the author of Welfare through work: Conservative ideas, partisan dynamics, and social protection in Japan (Cornell, 2012).

7:30 P.M.
Buffet reception

Day 2         December 15th (Saturday)

10 A.M. - 12 P.M.
Panel 4: Changing Growth Models and their Social and Political Implications

Chair: Mari Yamauchi, Doshisha University

Contesting Growth Models: Social Movements in Comparative Political Economy

Saori Shibata, University of Leiden

Japanese Labour and Social Policy between TPP and the Crisis of the Global Liberal Order

Yves Tiberghien, University of British Columbia

Automation, Wage Inequality, and the Moderating Role of Labour Market Institutions: Evidence from 21 OECD Member States

Zach Parolin, University of Antwerp

Japan’s ‘Work-Style’ Reform: Deregulatory and Worker-Protective Policies as an Economic Growth Strategy

Hiroaki Watanabe, University of Sheffield

12 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.
Lunch break

1:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Panel 5: How Have Corporate Practices and Industrial Relations Changed?

Chair: Werner Pascha, University of Duisburg-Essen

Agency Work and Subcontracting in German Core Sectors: (How) Can Collective Bargaining Stop the Casualisation of Work?

Chiara Benassi, King’s College London

The Role of Labour Flexibility in the Pursuit of Innovation Strategies by Established Japanese Companies

Kostiantyn Ovsiannikov, University of Tsukuba

From Structure to Strategy: The Changing Role of Corporatism in German Labour Market Policies

Florian Spohr, University of Bochum

Japan's Gender-Labour Dilemma - an Institutional Political Analysis

Midori Wakamori and Charles Weathers, Osaka City University

3:30 P.M. - 3:45 P.M.
Coffee break

3:45 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Wrap-Up and Discussion of Publication Project

4:30 P.M.
End of workshop