Publications and Working Papers



“Renegotiating the World Order: Institutional Change in International Relations.” (under contract at Cambridge University Press).

“Japan under the DPJ: The Politics of Transition and Governance” (with Kenji Kushida). 2013.  Shorenstein APARC/Brookings Institution Press.


Articles / Chapters / Revise & Resubmits

Explaining Institutional Change: Policy Areas, Outside Options, and the Bretton Woods Institutions.” 2015. American Journal of Political Science 59 (2): 341-356.

Who's Afraid of the AIIB?: Why the United States Should Support China's Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.”  2015.  Foreign Affairs, May 7.

Democracy and Financial Crisis” (Revise & Resubmit at International Organization)

The Dark Side of Democratic Advantage: International Crises and Secret Agreements” (with Yevgeniy Kirpichevsky).  (Revise & Resubmit at Journal of Conflict Resolution).

Congressional Preferences and the Structure of Delegation: Reassessing the Effect of Divided Government on U.S. Trade Policy” (with Yevgeniy Kirpichevsky).  (Revise and Resubmit at Legislative Studies Quarterly).
“Were Japan’s Nuclear Plants Uniquely Vulnerable?” with Kenji E. Kushida and Trevor Incerti (forthcoming) in Edward Blandford and Scott D. Sagan eds., Learning from Fukushima: Improving Nuclear Safety and Security after Accidents, Stanford University Press.

“福島原発事故の定量分析:国際比較の視点から (Quantitative Analysis of the Fukushima Power Plant Accident: An International Perspective),” (forthcoming) in Yutaka Tsujinaka ed., 東日本大震災学術調査:「政治過程と政策」(Scientific Investigation of the Great East Japan Earthquake). Toyo Keizai Shinposha. 

The Politics of Energy.” (with Llewelyn Hughes). 2013. Annual Review of Political Science Vol. 16:1, 449-469.

The Politics of Financial Crisis Response in Japan and the United States” (with Hirofumi Takinami).  2013. Japanese Journal of Political Science 14 (3).

Energy Efficiency in the Japanese Transport Sector.” 2013. (with Lee Schipper). Energy Policy. 56 (May): 248-258.

The Fukushima Disaster and Japan’s Nuclear Plant Vulnerability in Comparative Perspective.” (with Kenji Kushida and Trevor Incerti). 2013. Environmental Science and Technology 47 (May), 6082-6088 (cover article).

The Rise and Fall of the Democratic Party of Japan.” (with Kenji Kushida). 2013. In Kenji Kushida and Phillip Lipscy eds. Japan Under the DPJ: The Politics of Transition and Governance.  Shorenstein APARC/Brookings Institution Press.

The Land of the Sinking Sun: Is Japan’s military weakness putting America in danger?” (with Philippe de Koning). 2013.  Foreign Policy.  July 30. 

“選挙戦略:大勝と惨敗を生んだジレンマ (Electoral Strategy: the Dilemma of Landslide Victories and Defeats).” 2013. In Koichi Nakano ed. 民主党政権失敗の検証 - 日本政治は何を活かすか (Analysis and Lessons from the Government of the Democratic Party of Japan). Tokyo, Japan: Chuo Koron.

“ナショナリズムではなく科学進歩で国をまとめよ(安倍内閣への提言) (Recommendations on the Foreign Policy of the Abe Government).” 2013. 外交 (Diplomacy) 18 (March), 45-50.

A Casualty of Political Transformation? The Politics of Japanese Energy Efficiency in the Transportation Sector” 2012. Journal of East Asian Studies 12:3. 

Japan under the DPJ: The Paradox of Political Change without Policy Change” (with Ethan Scheiner). 2012. Journal of East Asian Studies 12:3.

“US-Japan Cooperation on the Reform of International Organizations.” 2011. JCIE US-Japan Papers, December.

Japan's Shifting Role in International Organizations.” 2008. In Masaru Kohno and Frances Rosenbluth, eds.  Japan and the World: Japan's Contemporary Geopolitical Challenges. New Haven: Yale University Council on East Asian Studies, 2008.

“International Organizations and East Asia.”  Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center Dispatch.  2008-1-14. 

Toward a Theory of Intelligence (with Gregory Treverton, Seth Jones, and Steve
Boraz). 2006. RAND: Santa Monica.

“Japanese Goals at the Six-Party Talks: A Reassessment” (with Kazuyo Kato). 2005. Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) PacNet Newsletter, 09-12.

Japan's Asian Monetary Fund Proposal.”  2003.  Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs 3 (Spring): 93-104.


Working Papers / Under Review

 “Outside Options and the Renegotiation of International Organizations,” (Under Review).

Do Institutional Distortions Matter?: IMF Moral Hazard and Excess Reserve Accumulation” (with Haillie Lee) (Under Review).

“Producer Power or Energy Policy?  The Effect of Electoral Systems on Prices” (Under Review)

 “Resilience or Retrenchment?: Japanese Security in the Era of Fiscal Austerity” (with Philippe de Koning).

 “Efficiency Clientelism,” Paper Presented at the Princeton Conference on Environmental Politics, 2011.

“Policy Area Discipline,” Working Paper.

“The Political Economy of Energy Efficiency.” Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Political Economy Society, 2009.

“The Politics of Disaster Preparedness: Japan’s Nuclear Plant Vulnerability in Comparative Perspective.” (with Kenji Kushida).  Paper presented at the Center for International Security and Cooperation workshop, “Learning from Fukushima: Improving Nuclear Safety and Security after Accidents,” 2012.



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