WCED Lecture. Silver Democracy: Youth Representation in Aging Japan
In McClean's book project, he uses original, municipal-level data in Japan to examine whether institutional factors can help explain the variation in the age of politicians across elected offices, whether voters have preferences concerning their representatives’ ages, and whether the shortage of younger politicians matters for welfare policy. In this talk, he will focus especially on this last question by discussing how the age of politicians affects how they allocate government spending on social welfare between age groups and over time.
Charles McClean studies comparative politics in advanced democracies with a focus on political institutions, representation, social welfare, local politics, and Japan. Substantively, he is interested in age and representation, the age orientation of welfare programs, and how societies confront the challenges of aging populations. His research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods by combining quasi-experimental analysis of observational data, text analysis, and survey experiments together with interviews with Japanese local and national politicians. Prior to coming to Michigan, McClean earned his PhD in political science from UC San Diego in 2020 and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University (2020-21).
This lecture is part of the WCED series on "Capitalism and Democracy." 2022 will mark the 30th anniversary of the publication of Capitalist Development and Democracy (by Dietrich Rueschmeyer et. al. in 1992) and the 80th anniversary of the publication of Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy (by Joseph Schumpeter in 1942). It is thus a perfect occasion to think anew about how capitalism and democracy interact. At WCED we will be hosting a series of events with “Capitalism and Democracy” as our annual theme.
This hybrid event will be presented in person at 1010 Weiser Hall and via Zoom. Register for the live-stream at https://myumi.ch/bvQPw
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|Event Type:||Lecture / Discussion|
|Tags:||International, Japanese Studies, Politics, Public Policy|
|Source:||Happening @ Michigan from Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, Center for Japanese Studies, International Institute|
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