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CJS Thursday Lecture Series | Betting on the Farm: Institutional Change in Japanese Agriculture

Patti Maclachlan, Professor of Government, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Thursday, March 23, 2023
12:00-1:30 PM
Room 110 Weiser Hall Map
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This lecture will explore variations in strategic change among local agricultural cooperatives in the context of demographic and economic crises in the Japanese countryside. Why do some co-ops effectively adapt to shifting market forces, while others do not? And what do the answers to this question reveal about the future of Japanese agriculture? This lecture is based on the book Betting on the Farm: Institutional Change in Japanese Agriculture, co-authored by Prof. Maclachlan and Prof. Kay Shimizu (Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh), published by Cornell University Press in 2022.

Patti Maclachlan received her Ph.D. in comparative politics from Columbia University and is now Professor of Government and the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. A student of political economy and interest group politics in Japan, her publications include Consumer Politics in Postwar Japan: The Institutional Boundaries of Citizen Activism (Columbia University Press, 2002); The Ambivalent Consumer: Questioning Consumption in East Asia and The West (Cornell University Press, 2006), co-edited with Sheldon Garon; The People’s Post Office: The History and Politics of the Japanese Postal System, 1871–2010 (Harvard University East Asia Center, 2011); and the aforementioned Betting on the Farm: Institutional Change in Japanese Agriculture. Prof. Maclachlan has served on the U.S.–Japan Friendship Commission, the U.S.–Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON), the board of trustees of the Journal of Japanese Studies, and the American Advisory Council of the Japan Foundation.

This lecture is made possible with the generous support of the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant.

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Agriculture, Asia, japan, Japanese Studies, Politics
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Japanese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures