Institute for Global Studies
214 Social Sciences
267 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-624-9007
Fax: 612-626-2242

Dr Jeffrey P Broadbent

Sociology 1026 Soc Sci 267 19th Ave S

Department Affiliations


  • comparative sociology
  • culture and structure
  • environmental sociology
  • Japanese society
  • networks and identity
  • political sociology
  • qualitative methods
  • social movements
  • East Asian society

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Sociology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1982.
  • M.A.: Regional Studies-Japan, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1975.
  • B.A.: Religious Studies-Buddhism, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 1974.


  • Movement in Context: Thick Social Networks and Environmental Campaigns in Japan. Broadbent, Jeffrey, Mario Diani and Doug McAdam, editors. Social Movements and Networks. Relational Approaches to Collective Action, Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • Japan’s Environmental Regime: the Political Dynamics of Change. Broadbent, Jeffrey, In Uday Desai (editor), Environmental Politics and Policies in the Industrialized Countries., Cambridge: MIT Press, 2002.
  • Environmental Politics in Japan: Networks of Power and Protest. Broadbent, Jeffrey, Cambridge University Press, 1998.
  • The 'Influence Broker' State: Exchange Networks and Political Organization in Japan. Broadbent, Jeffrey, Yoshito Ishio, 1998.
  • Comparing Policy Networks: Labor Politics in the U.S., Germany, and Japan. Broadbent, Jeffrey, David Knoke; Franz Pappi; Yutaka Tsujinaka, Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Research Activities

  • Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks: data collection in 15 countries, April 2007 - continuing
  • Social Movments and social change in East Asia: Comparative reserach on the effects of social movements upon social and potlical change in East Asia, 1988 - continuing
  • Social Capital Networks and Political Power: Japan's "Butterfly State" in Comparative Perspective: Research into the effects of relational networks among political organizations in Japan, with comparison to Germany and the US, 1986 - continuing
  • Civil Society in Japan: Investigation of the emergence of the voluntary association sector in Japan, 2001 - continuing
  • Environmental Policies in Japan: Anaysis of the political causes of Japan's environmental policies, 1978 - on-going

Outreach Activities

  • World Bank project on Japan's environmental policies: research on Japan's environmental policies, 2000 - 2005


  • Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize, 2001
  • Outstanding Publication Award, Section on Environment and Technology, American Sociologoical Association, August 2000
  • Fulbright Scholar Award (JUSEC), 1988 - 1989
  • Fulbirght-Hays Scholar Award, 1989 - 1990

Courses Taught

  • Soc 3661 - Japanese Society Today
  • Soc 4305 - Society and the Environment: A Growing Conflict
  • Soc 8310 - Political Sociology seminar
  • Soc 8390 - Social Movement seminar
  • Soc 3301 - The Uses of Citizenship: An Introduction to Political Sociology
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