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Understanding institutional change in Asia: a comparative perspective with Europe (INCAS)

Project INCAS aims at creating a top-level research advanced training network on institutional change in Asia, in comparative perspective with Europe. The coordinator, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France), promotes this network together with Oxford University, Freie Universität Berlin, in collaboration with Waseda University (Japan).

Our approach, which refers to the literature on comparative capitalism, is fundamentally interdisciplinary by nature, as it aims at gathering economists, economic historians, political economy specialists, sociologists, and lawyers, who are specialised in various fields such as finance, labour economics and sociology, Asian studies, etc. Our major aim is to propose a new theory of institutional change that better takes into account diverse dimensions that have been overlooked by previous attempts such as: the historical experience of institutional change in Asia that went hand in hand with growth and development; the relations between (especially financial) liberalisation and corporate diversity; the interaction between political economy, socio-economic and legal variables. 

It requires not only the interdisciplinary approach described above but also an empirical investigation that mobilises a database for corporate characteristics.Each institutional member of INCAS has developed its own research strategy on a similar object (institutional change in Asia and Europe) and the goal of this project is to organise a knowledge transfer within our team (and later outside the research team) in order to build a comprehensive research programme.


June 2015 - May 2019