Rising Inequality in Europe and East Asia

Watch the webinar recording here.

This webinar focuses on inequality in Europe and East Asia and seeks to explore questions such as: Are there common causes lying behind rising inequalities in the regions? Are there any unique factors that affect inequality across these regions? What are feasible solutions to promote equality in a growth-friendly way? 

This is part of the CES Insights initiative intended to expand collaboration with scholars and research groups beyond Europe and North America. The Korea Inequality Research Lab (KIRL) will co-host this online event. 

CES Executive Committee Chair-Elect, Karen Anderson, will introduce the webinar. Prof. Julian Garritzmann, Co-chair of CES’ Political Economy and Welfare Network, will moderate the discussion featuring a multidisciplinary expert panel:

Julian L. Garritzmann is Professor of Political Science at the Goethe University Frankfurt. As a comparative political scientist, his research lies at the intersection of comparative political economy, political sociology, and comparative political institutions. He specializes in welfare state research, education and social investment policy, global social policy, party politics, and public opinion. Julian Garritzmann holds a PhD from the University of Konstanz, Germany. Before joining Frankfurt, he was Senior Researcher at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy, and held Visiting Fellow positions at Harvard, Duke, and Rutgers. His publications include The Political Economy of Higher Education Finance (awarded the German Political Science Association’s Dissertation Prize), and A Loud, but Noisy Signal? Public Opinion, Parties, and Interest Groups in the Politics of Education Reform in Western Europe (Cambridge University Press) as well as several articles in journals such as the European Journal of Political Research, European Sociological Review, Journal of European Social Policy, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Legislative Studies and West European Politics.

Margarita Estévez-Abe is Associate Professor of Political Science at Maxwell School of Public Affairs and Citizenship, Syracuse University. She taught at Harvard University before joining Syracuse and served as the first chair of Public Policy at Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin, Italy. She specializes in comparative political economy of advanced industrial societies. She has written on the varieties of capitalism exploring the intersection of welfare states, electoral systems and the models of capitalism. She’s the author of the award-winning book Welfare Capitalism in Postwar Japan (Cambridge University Press), the editor of special journal issues on outsourcing of domestic and care work (Social Politics) and the transformation of familialist systems in East Asia and Southern Europe (Journal of European Social Policy). She is currently working on a book manuscript on Politics and Demographic Aging and a co-authored manuscript on Trans-border Families in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

Junko Kato is Professor of Political Science at the University of Tokyo. She has conducted research in comparative politics on taxation and the welfare state, party coalitions and government formation, and neuro-cognitive analyses of political behavior. She has authored articles in numerous journals, including American Political Science Review and British Journal of Political Science. Her co-authored articles have been published in Governance, Electoral Studies, Party Politics, and European Journal of Political Research. She has authored two books: The Problem of Bureaucratic Rationality (Princeton University Press, 1994) and Regressive Taxation and the Welfare State (Cambridge University Press, 2003) in addition to numerous book chapters. She was a member of the Editorial Board of British Journal of Political Science, and has been a co-executive editor of Japanese Journal of Political Science and a board member of Perspectives on Public Management & Governance. Recently, she has launched interdisciplinary research applying a neuro-cognitive approach to the analysis of political behaviour. She has published articles on fMRI experiments of political behavior in Frontiers in Neuroscience and Scientific Reports, and the one on the geometric modeling of political similarity judgment in PLos ONE.

Jong-Sung You is Professor at the Gachon Liberal Arts College and the Graduate School of Social Policy in Gachon University in South Korea. He is directing the “Korea Inequality Research Laboratory” with a five-year grant (December 2018-December 2023) from the Korean Studies Promotion Service, Academy of Korean Studies. His research focuses on the political economy of inequality, corruption, trust, and social policy. His publications include Democracy, Inequality and Corruption: Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines Compared (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and articles at American Sociological Review, Political Psychology, Regulation and Governance, Journal of East Asian Studies, and Journal of Contemporary Asia. His most recent research explores the feasibility of a universal basic income as a paradigm shift in social security in Korea. He is pioneering research using administrative big data in the country. He obtained BA from Seoul National University and Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University in 2006. He taught at UC San Diego and Australian National University before relocating to Korea in 2018. Before pursuing an academic career, he fought for democracy and social justice in South Korea. He spent more than two years in prison because of his involvement in democratization movement under the authoritarian regimes. He also worked for Citizens’ Coalition for Economic Justice as Director of Policy Research and Executive Director during the 1990s.