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Foreign policy think tanks in China and Japan: characteristics, current profile, and the case of collective self-defence

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Abb, Pascal; Köllner, Patrick


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Abstract The role of foreign policy think tanks (FPTTs) in policy-making has received substantial scholarly attention, with most studies focusing on US-based organizations. In this article, we seek to address this spatial bias by discussing the development and roles of FPTTs in two East Asian countries, China and Japan. China today hosts the second-largest think tank scene in the world, and many FPTTs have received influxes of funding and increased the academic qualifications of their staffers in recent years. Japan also hosts a sizable array of think tanks, but many of them operate on a for-profit basis and do not focus on public policy issues; Japan has very few genuine FPTTs. In both countries, FPTTs are in many ways linked to the government. While they seek to inform and influence foreign and security policy as well as public discourse on international affairs, they usually do not act as agenda setters. By examining the recent case of constitutional reinterpretation in Japan, which aimed to enable collective self-defence, we show how Japanese public intellectuals, including think tankers, helped to legitimize this controversial move and how Chinese FPTTs reacted publicly by providing media commentary in support of the official government line.
Keywords foreign policy; think tank; China; Japan; political influence; decision making process; bilateral relations; international relations; political decision; political consulting; Far East
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Free Keywords collective self-defence
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages 593–612 p.
Journal International journal : Canada's journal of global policy analysis, 70 (2015) 4
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0020702015592119
ISSN 0020-7020
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.