Professor Hideaki Ashitate

Area and Subject Taught Public Administration, Political Science
Research Theme(s) (1) Official Development Assistance (ODA)
(2) Governance
Academic Degrees M.A., Kyoto University; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Keywords for Research Field Public Administration, ODA, Comparative Inquiry, Governance
Office Phone Number 81-75-705-1719
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Research Overview

Focusing on Japanese foreign aid administration, or Official Development Assistance (ODA), one may find two trends since the 1990s, specifically two kinds of changes,which seem to contradict each other. One trend is "Participatory ODA," in which the Japanese government, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), eagerly asks Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) to participate in aid activities. The other is the increasing attempts of MOFA to "steer" Japanese ODA so as to gather more information on the needs of potential recipients and organize coherent aid strategies. It is difficult to examine these seemingly contradictory trends merely from conventional perspectives: governance by hierarchy and that by market. This is why I am using the framework of "governance by network," which is more attentive to the difference between policy implementation and policy coordination. One of my academic goals is to demonstrate similarities between ODA and other public policies.

Notable Publications and Works

  1. Ashitate, H. (2008). Foreign aid policies in the presidential and parliamentary systems: Beyond the institutional differences. Interdisciplinary Information Sciences, 14(2) ,145-153.
  2. Ashitate, H. (2007). Foreign aid (ODA) as a public policy. Interdisciplinary Information Sciences, 13(1) , 129-138.
  3. Ashitate, H. (2003). Changing Japanese politico- economic structures in the 1990s and transformation of the paradigm in Japanese ODA (in Japanese). In M. Muramatsu, and T. Shiraishi. (Eds.), Nihon no seiji-keizai to Ajia shokoku: Seiji chitsujo hen [Japanese political economy and Asian countries: Political orders](pp.197-222). Kyoto: Nichibunken.