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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Elli-Katharina Polymeropoulos

Japanese Studies, Political Sciences
(PhD Students, July 1, 2010 - September 30, 2010)
  • Japanese Foreign Policy
  • Decision-making processes
  • Influence of Civil Society and Public Opinion

PhD Thesis: Public Opinion and Japanese Foreign Policy-making towards East Asia (working title)

The aim of this study is to take a closer look at the Japanese foreign policy-making process, by analyzing the role and potential influence of public opinion in Japanese foreign policy-making towards China and the Koreas during the Koizumi administration. Further, to identify and evaluate the factors that may determine the role of public opinion in foreign policy processes of Japan. Accordingly circumstances have to be identified under which the Japanese government has been more likely to respond to rather than ignore public opinion in foreign policy-making.

To specify conditions under which public opinion plays a role in foreign policy-making, I derive hypotheses from theoretical approaches on Foreign Policy Analysis and Public Opinion Research. In order to draw conclusions, I will follow a research design based on case study analysis. Reconstructive and interpretative methods, consisting of process-tracing, interest modes of analysis and comparison will be used to analyze the cases.