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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Steffen Heinrich

Principal Researcher
Political Science
(Researchers, September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2019)

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.

Current DIJ Projects

Completed DIJ Projects

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

The political consequences of employment diversification in Japan

Work-related Diversity in Japan: New Risks and Opportunities for Whom?

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