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Innovation Beyond Technology. Science for Society and Interdisciplinary Approaches
Springer, 2019
Sébastien Lechevalier (ed.)

Cet ouvrage est le fruit d’une collaboration étroite entre la JST, le CNRS et l’EHESS pour l’organisation de deux conférences en 2015 et 2016 : "Engaging Society in Innovation and Creativity: Perspectives from Social Sciences and Humanities" and "Innovation Beyond Technique".
Ce projet repose sur une série de convictions : l’innovation ne se limite pas à l’innovation technologique ; la contribution des sciences humaines et sociales est cruciale pour analyser ses différents aspects ; l’approche interdisciplinaire aussi bien au sein des sciences humaines et sociales entre elles qu’avec les sciences naturelles est nécessaire à la bonne appréhension du sujet ; enfin, une collaboration entre la France et le Japon peut être bénéfique grâce à la complémentarité des approches de leurs communautés scientifiques respectives.
L’ouvrage présente ainsi une approche originale et véritablement interdisciplinaire de l'innovation par certains des meilleurs spécialistes du domaine en France et au Japon.

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Japanese Political Economy Revisited. Abenomics and Institutional Change
Routledge, October 2018
David Chiavacci & Sébastien Lechevalier (Ed.)

During the last 30 years, the Japanese political economy system has experienced significant changes that are usually not well understood or analysed because of their complexity and contradictions. This book provides new analyses and insights on the process of evolving Japanese political economy including Japan’s current economic policy known as Abenomics.

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Leçons de l'expérience japonaise. Vers une autre politique économique ? (Paris, Editions de l'ENS, 2016, 172 pages) par Sébastien Lechevalier et Brieuc Monfort, revient sur l’expérience economique japonaise depuis 1990 jusqu’à la politique dite des Abenomics conduite depuis 2012, afin de discuter la pertinence d’une transposition dans un contexte autre que japonais.

Ce livre a fait l'objet de plusieurs comptes rendus dont Culture chronique (par Archibald Ploom) et Alternatives économiques (par Christian Chavagneux).

Advances in Happiness Research: A Comparative Perspective (Tokyo, Springer Verlag, 2016, 364 pages), edited by Tachibanaki Toshiaki, makes a contribution to the literature on happiness research by compiling studies based on cross-national research and from diverse academic disciplines.

It is one of the outcomes of a 3 year research project entitled “Happiness” coordinated by Doshisha University in Kyoto and the Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS.

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La grande transformation du capitalisme japonais (Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2011, French) reflects on the changes that Japan’s economy has experienced over the past 30 years, and presents a comprehensive analysis of the great transformation of Japanese capitalism from the heights of the 1980s, through the lost decades of the 1990s, and well into the 21st century. 


Written and edited by Sébastien Lechevalier in collaboration with Yves Tiberghien and Arnaud Nanta, prefaced by Robert Boyer and postfaced by Ronald Dore, this book is available in English (The Great Transformation of Japanese Capitalism, London, Routledge, 2014, translated by Arthur Stockwin) and in Japanese (Nihon Shihon shugi no daitenkan, Tokyo, Iwanami Shoten, 2015, translated by Toshiyuki Shinkawa).

Dozens of reviews on this book appeared in the academic journals and the media. To read them, see "Asian Capitalisms".

Articles et Rapports

Decomposing Preference for Redistribution Beyond the Trans-Atlantic Perspective
By Ryo Kambayashi (Hitotsubashi University), Sébastien Lechevalier (EHESS) and Thanasak Jenmana (PSE)
Hitotsubashi University Discussion Paper Series A No.707
February 2020

This paper is the outcome of the FFJ research project "Revisiting cross-national variations in preference for redistribution: Attitudes to inequalities, social beliefs, and welfare systems", funded by the Toyota Foundation (Research Grant Program 2016).

There are significant differences across countries in terms of redistribution by the government. This corresponds to underlying dissimilarities in preference for redistribution. Particularly, previous literature compared the US and Europe and proposed several explanations of these differences, from aggregation of individual determinants (e.g. one’sincome) to more holistic ones such as shared values at the national level (i.e. social beliefs). This paper, therefore, aims to analyse the impact of socio-demographic factors and socialbeliefs on preference for redistribution. First, we focused on two different dimensions ofpreference —the government’s role in reducing the difference in income and the approach of the tax system with high income. Secondly, we extended the comparison by including a developed Asian country, Japan. Based on the results, the following two attitudes are not fully compatible: many people support the governmental intervention, but not for more tax on the rich, especially in Japan. Furthermore, the difference in the attitude on the governmental intervention mainly comes from the variance in the role of social beliefs. On the other hand, the average income and wealth do not explain the difference in preference. Countries are characterized by different social beliefs, which affects the differences in sub-preferences. However, not only the distribution of social beliefs, but also their statisticalrelation to the sub-preferences explains the country level disparity. In addition, the US and Europe comparison under/over-estimates these statistical associations in the world, since an Asian country, such as Japan, may have a different structure

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RIETI Discussion Papers Series (17-E-098, July 2017), published by Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, features writings from a diverse array of theoritical perspectives in order to stimulate active debate on contemporary policy issues.
In "To Support R&D or Linkages? Seeking a better policy mix for SME support", Suzuki Jun analyzes the effects of the new generation of policy mix supporting SMEs by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Japan, the Sapo-In program, using patent data from the viewpoint of the effectiveness of financial support to firms (research and development (R&D) subsidy) and the support to build linkages (soft support) on both the supply- and demand-side (matching, brokering, and consulting).
Japan Forum (29; 3, 2017), the leading European journal in the multidisciplinary field of Japanese Studies, published its special issue on “Japanese Political Economy Revisited: Diverse Corporate Change, Institutional Transformation, and Abenomics”.
In its introductory article, David Chiavacci and Sébastien Lechevalier, two editors of this special issue, observe the changing perceptions of Japan's political economy from its meteoric rise as worldwide leading model in the 1970s and 1980s to its demotion to a problem and reform case since the later 1990s. Adrienne Sala, in her article « The Japanese consumer finance market and its institutional changes since the 1980s », argues that the joint transformation of public perception about households’ over-indebtedness and financial deregulation had important implications on the government decision to reform overall consumer credit between 2005 and 2010. Further details about their ongoing researches can be found at our EU-funded INCAS project website.

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Régulation Review. Capitalism, Institutions, Power (21, 2017) –or Revue de la régulation, an international, peer-reviewed, JEL-refereed, econlit-listed journal– published a special issue on “Institutionalist Perspectives on China”
Robert Boyer, former professor at the EHESS and co-founder of the Theory of regulation and of the Review with the same name, in collaboration with Sébastien Lechevalier, examine the case of China and the regulation theory stressing the specificity of China’s trajectory. The Revue celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and its longevity shows breadth and depth of interest in regulationist and institutionalist analysis as well as all the dynamics created by their approaches and methods in the field of economical researches.

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Mouvement social (257 ; october-december 2016), the leading French journal in the field of contempoorary social history, published its special issue entitled "Health of soldiers between war and peace. 1830-1930" edited by Jean-François Chanet, Claire Fredj and Anne Rasmussen.
In an article entitled "Between War Wounds and a War of Wounds: The Humanitarian Bullet Debate in Europe and Japan, 1890-1905", Ken Daimaru discusses on the emergence and development of a group of doctors with expertise in ‘wound ballistics’, from a cross-perspective Europe-Japan, as a way to shed new light on the transformations affecting military medicine and public debate over war wounds at the turn of the twentieth century.

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Review of World Economics (151; 3, August 2015), a peer-reviewed quarterly journal of international economics, published its special issue "Globalization and labor market outcomes: de-industrialization, job security, and wage inequalities" edited by Sébastien Lechevalier.  
This special issue consists of seven papers presented in their preliminary versions at a workshop held in April 2013 at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), in Tokyo, Japan. This is one of the products of a 3 year research project entitled “De-industrialization and the future of industries in Japan, Korea, Germany, and France” coordinated by the Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS.
Entreprises et Histoire (80; 3, March 2015), a French-English-language international journal in the field of business history, published its special issue "Relations Europe-Japon".

In a group interview, Sébastien Lechevalier discuss about the economic crises and political reactions, economic structures and the role of national and transnational public institutions, and the Fukushima disaster and its consequences in Japan and in Europe. Maki Umemura examines the evolution of the regenerative medicine industry in the UK and Japan. It builds upon business history scholarship on therapeutics and addresses the growing body of work in the fields of comparative business systems and comparative institutional analysis. This contribution is conceived as a part of the outcomes of 2015 Michelin/CEAFJP research fellowship program coordinated by the Fondation France-Japon de l'EHESS.

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Research Policy (43;10, 2014),  a multi-disciplinary journal devoted to analyzing divers challenges posed by innovation, technology, R&D and science, published its special issue on "Emergence and evolution of new industries: The path-dependent dynamics of knowledge creation" edited by Jackie Krafft, Sébastien Lechevalier, Francesco Quatraro and Cornelia Storz.
Two contributions of S. Lechevalier aim to analyze the conditions of emergence of new industries by focusing on the new industry of service robot and the role of its key actors. By using data of Japanese patent applications, their findings suggest that the emergence of the industry is mainly triggered by established large firms, rather than by newly created firms. This special issue is conceived through 4 years collaborative project "Le futur de l'industrie au Japon, en Corée, en Allemagne et en France" coordinated by the Fondation France-Japon de l'EHESS.
Critique internationale (63, april-june 2014), a French-language quarterly dedicated to international issues, published its special issue "Vers un renouveau de l'Etat-développeur en Asie" edited by two FFJ researchers Pauline Debanes and Sébastien Lechevalier.

Le concept d'État développeur formulé au début des années 1980 décrivait les modalités d'intervention de l’État dans le processus de développement du Japon puis de la Corée du Sud et de Taïwan. Il a été ensuite enrichi pour rendre compte des stratégies de développement d’autres pays. À partir des études empiriques de cinq pays asiatiques (Japon, Corée du Sud, Taïwan, Inde et Kazakhstan), ce dossier veut montrer que, si elles engagent nécessairement une évolution des modalités d’intervention de l’État, les caractéristiques du capitalisme contemporain ne rendent pas pour autant caduque la possibilité d’un État développeur. This special issue is conceived as a part of the outcomes of the research program "Asian capitalisms" coordinated by the Fondation France-Japon de l'EHESS. Further details about their ongoing researches can be found at our EU-funded INCAS project website.

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Socio Economic Review (11; 2, April 2013), a peer-reviewed academic quarterly journal, published its special issue “Bringing Asia into the Comparative Capitalism Perspective” edited by B. Amable, S. Casper, S. Lechevalier & C. Storz.

While Western industrialized societies have almost gained a canonical status within political economy approaches, Asian economies and their internal diversities have received less attention. This special issue of Socio-Economic Review aims to integrate Asia into the comparative capitalism approach in a more differentiated way, and hereby hopes to substantiate it. This special issue is conceived as a part of the outcomes of the research program "Asian capitalisms" coordinated by the Fondation France-Japon de l'EHESS.