YAMADA Makio | Tokyo College
Visiting Scholar


Affiliations King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies Research interests East Asian development, Japan’s industrialization in the Meiji era, institutional change Period of stay July 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021 (intermittent)
01 Description of Research

Comparative-historical analysis of early, pre-democratic economic development, with the particular focus on Japan in the nineteenth century

Today it is widely acknowledged that the quality of institutions is behind economies’ long-term development outcomes. What is less known is dynamics of institutional upgrading – while some believe that inclusive institutions do better in development, industrialization was achieved before democratization in both historical Europe and East Asia. Then, what improves the quality of institutions for early development? While the existing literature tends to focus on the role of progressive political coalitions in generating institutional change, this research will highlight the divergent patterns of transitory political regimes’ relationship with vested interests, empirically testing its hypothesis with the case of Japan in the nineteenth century.

02 Short Biography

1983 Born in Fukui, Japan
2006-07 Visiting student reading for PPE, Lincoln College, University of Oxford
2008 BL, University of Tokyo
2010 MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
2015 DPhil in International Relations, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
2016 Teaching Fellow, SOAS University of London
2016 Visiting Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
2016-18 Research Fellow, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies
2017-present International Scientific Twinning Program Fellow, King Saud University
2018-20 Lecturer, Institute for Transregional Study, Princeton University
2018-present Senior Research Fellow, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies

03 研究業績

“Introduction: Revisiting Rentierism - with a Short Note by Giacomo Luciani”, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 47(1), 2020: 1-5 (with Steffen Hertog).

“Can a Rentier State Evolve to a Production State?: An ‘Institutional Upgrading’ Approach”, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 47(1), 2020: 24-41.

“Can Saudi Arabia Move beyond ‘Production with Rentier Characteristics’?: Human Capital Development in the Transitional Oil Economy”, Middle East Journal, 72(4), 2018: 587-609.

“Saudi Arabia’s Look-East Diplomacy: Ten Years On”, Middle East Policy, 22(4), 2015: 121-139.

“Islam, Energy, and Development: Taiwan and China in Saudi Arabia, 1949-2013”, American Journal of Chinese Studies, 22(1), 2015: 77-98.

“Gulf-Asia Relations as ‘Post-Rentier’ Diversification?: The Case of the Petrochemical Industry in Saudi Arabia”, Journal of Arabian Studies, 1(1), 2011: 99-116.