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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Steffen Heinrich

Political Science

heinrich@dijtokyo.org

Steffen Heinrich is a political scientist with a focus on comparative welfare state research and labour market politics. He received his doctorate from Heidelberg University upon completion of his dissertation on the politics of labour market reforms in Germany and Japan since 1990, analysing the impact of political and economic institutions. At the DIJ he is conducting research on the politics of minimum wages, the political implications of employment diversification and the role of regulation in social policy (i.e. pensions and housing) in comparative perspective.

DIJ Projects

The political regulation of minimum wages in Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom

The political consequences of employment diversification in Japan

Diversification of Work and the Workplace in Japan: New Risks and Opportunities for Whom?

Privatisation and diversification in the Japanese welfare state: Toward a new safety net through regulation?

Publications

Articles

2017
[With: Vogt, Gabriele] (forthcoming) Abes Politik und Politik unter Abe: Eine Einführung
In: Heinrich, Steffen; Vogt, Gabriele (Ed.) (forthcoming): Japan in der Ära Abe. Eine politikwissenschaftliche Analyse. München: iudicium Verlag. pp. 11-30.
2017
[With: Vogt, Gabriele] (forthcoming) Abes Politik und Politik unter Abe: Eine Zwischenbilanz
In: Heinrich, Steffen; Vogt, Gabriele (Ed.) (forthcoming): Japan in der Ära Abe. Eine politikwissenschaftliche Analyse. München: iudicium Verlag. pp. 271-284.
2017
(forthcoming) (Keine) Angst vorm Wähler: Abes arbeitsmarktpolitische Strukturreformen in Zeiten wachsender sozialer Ungleichheit
In: Heinrich, Steffen; Vogt, Gabriele (Ed.) (forthcoming): Japan in der Ära Abe. Eine politikwissenschaftliche Analyse. München: iudicium Verlag. pp. 118-138.
2016
Does employment dualisation lead to political polarisation? Assessing the impact of labour market inequalities on political discourse in Japan
In: Chiavacchi, David; Hommerich, Carola (Ed.) Social inequality in post-growth Japan. Transformation during economic and demographic stagnation. London: Routledge. pp. 73-87.
2010
Facing the ‘Dark Side’ of Deregulation? The Politics of Two-Tier Labour Markets in Germany and Japan after the Global Financial Crisis
In: Greener, Ian; Holden, Chris; Kilkey, Majella (Ed.) Social Policy Review 22: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy. Bristol: The Policy Press. pp. 151–176.

Other Articles

2008
[With: Kohlbacher, Florian] Keine Zukunft für den Salaryman? (No future for the salaryman?)
In: JapanMarkt, März 2008. Tokyo: Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammer in Japan. pp. 18-20.

Presentations

October 23, 2015
The politics of decent work in Germany and Japan. 5th Japanese-German International Conference “Family policy in aging society”, University of Tsukuba.

August 28, 2015
(Keine) Angst vorm Wähler? Arbeitsmarktreformen unter Abe I-III. Japanologentag, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU).

July 1, 2015
The process of labour market reforms in advanced democracies: Evidence from Germany and Japan. 2nd International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP), Università Cattoliaca del Sacro Cuore, Milan.

June 20, 2015
The Politics of Labor Market Reform in Japan and beyond: Who decides and who cares?. 19th Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ), Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo.

June 8, 2015
The politics of balancing flexibility and security. A comparative study of German and Japanese labour market reforms. 22nd Conference of the Foundation on International Security (FISS), Hong Kong University.

November 14, 2014
Representing the margins? Organised labour and the dual challenge of cross-border temporary agency work. Changes in the sphere of work in the 21st century capitalism” conference, University of Wroclaw, Poland.

November 14, 2014
Trust, welfare and the state in Japan. VSJF-Jahrestagung 2014.

July 1, 2016
The politicisation of minimum wage regulating: Explaining policy change in Germany, Japan and the UK. 13th Annual East Asian Social Policy Conference, Ewha Women’s University, Seoul.

October 31, 2007
The politics of flexible labour markets in Germany and Japan: Evaluating the impact of globalisation on national social policy. The politics of flexible labour markets in Germany and Japan: Evaluating the impact of globalisation on national social policy.

August 29, 2014
Reforming the ‘unreformable’: The quiet politics of pension privatisation in Germany and Japan. Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA), Washington, DC.

CV


since 09/2014
Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies

12/2013
PhD Heidelberg University "Patterns of Dualisation. Coordinated Capitalism and the Politics of Flexible Labour Markets in Germany and Japan 1990-2010"

01/2010 - 09/2012
Research Fellow, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen

04/2007 - 02/2008 + 07 - 09/2008
Visiting scientist, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo

04/2008 - 02/2010
Research Fellow, Institute for Political Sciences, Heidelberg University

04/2007 - 02/2008
PhD students scholarship at German Institute for Japanese Studies

10/1998 - 07/2005
M.A. in Political Science, Japanese Studies, Economics