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Steffen Heinrich

Head of Social Science Section
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

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?

Selected Publications

Articles

2017
[With: Vogt, Gabriele] Abes Politik und Politik unter Abe: Eine Einführung
In: Heinrich, Steffen; Vogt, Gabriele (Ed.) Japan in der Ära Abe. Eine politikwissenschaftliche Analyse. Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien. München: iudicium Verlag. pp. 11-30.
2017
[With: Vogt, Gabriele] Abes Politik und Politik unter Abe: Eine Zwischenbilanz
In: Heinrich, Steffen; Vogt, Gabriele (Ed.) Japan in der Ära Abe. Eine politikwissenschaftliche Analyse. Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien. München: iudicium Verlag. pp. 271-284.
2017
(Keine) Angst vorm Wähler: Abes arbeitsmarktpolitische Strukturreformen in Zeiten wachsender sozialer Ungleichheit
In: Heinrich, Steffen; Vogt, Gabriele (Ed.) Japan in der Ära Abe. Eine politikwissenschaftliche Analyse. Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien. 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.

Presentations

December 1, 2017
Legislating for equality in diversified labour markets: The politics of (avoiding) structural labour market reform in Germany and Japan. "Work-related diversity in Japan", DIJ Tokyo.

October 6, 2017
(How) Do labour market inequalities affect politics? Evidence from Germany and Japan. Workshop "Do labour market inequalities erode support for democracy? Experiences and perspectives from France, Germany and Japan", EHESS, Paris.

September 1, 2017
Does the diversification of employment forms lead to political polarization? Exploring possible impacts on voter preferences and partisan politics in Japan. 15th European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) international conference, Lissabon.

July 9, 2017
The political consequences of employment diversification in Japan: Voter preferences and party politics. 21st Annual Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ), Rikkyo University, Tokyo.

June 4, 2017
Minimum wages as social policy: a comparison of policy change in Germany and Japan since the early 2000s. 134th Biannual Conference of Japan Association for Social Policy Studies (JASPS), Meisei Universität, Tokyo.

December 7, 2016
The New Politics of Minimum Wage Regulations: Explaining Recent Policy Change in Germany, Japan and the UK. Meeting of the Research on Welfare and Labour Market Policies at Linnaeus University: Changing Labour Markets: Challenges for Welfare and Labour Market Policies, Linnaeus University, Växjö.

July 19, 2016
The Politics of Decent Work in Germany and Japan. Workshop: How Japan works: Risks and opportunities in a diversifying labour market, Universität Hamburg.

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.

March 7, 2016
Arbeitswandel und soziale Sicherung in Japan. Roundtable: Zukunft der Arbeit, Innovation, individuelle Lebensplanung und soziale Sicherheit, Deutsche Botschaft Tokyo.

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.

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.

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.

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