Welcome to our website "Comparative Studies in Local Governance". In the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), we conduct comparative studies in local governance in many different countries, primarily Japan and other Asian countries. Within Japan, particularly since the 1990s, many reforms aimed at promoting decentralization have been carried out, and at the present time too, actions and policies aimed at tackling the further development and strengthening of local governance continue to be taken forward. On the other hand, decentralization is being progressed in many countries throughout the world, and efforts aimed at establishing policies and structures which are most appropriate for the further development of local governance in their own countries are steadily being accumulated.
This website, aims to put information about such research into the public domain. It is the hope of all of us that it will contribute to the formation of a network bringing together Japanese and foreign researchers who are concerned with researching local governance as well as related fields in Japan and overseas.
This website aims to function as a continuation and a further development of the activities previously carried out under the auspices of the Institute for Comparative Studies in Local Governance (COSLOG) located within GRIPS. The main purpose of these activities was to make a contribution to the advancement of local governance primarily in Asian, but also in all overseas countries. In addition to English-language documentation on local governance in Japan, the website also contains the results of investigations and research into local governance carried out from a comparative perspective, and we want to encourage all users to make full use of it
The Institute for Comparative Studies in Local Governance (COSLOG) was established in 2006 with the aim of acting as an umbrella for comparative research on local governance and, at the same time, taking forward the dissemination of information on the results of these research activities and the formation of a human resource network within which research results and opinions could be exchanged. The Institute was closed in March 2012, but this website should be seen as having inherited and taken over the results of the Institute’s work, including the results of investigations and research as well as English-language documentation concerned with local governance.