Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) Fellow in Middle East Studies (OSGA)
Shun Watanabe is a visiting research fellow based at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA), employed on the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) project (until September 2020). He holds PhD in Area Studies from the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies (ASAFAS), Kyoto University. He also holds a M.A. in Area Studies from ASAFAS and a B.A. in Law from the University of Tokyo. His research focuses on the monarchical ruling system in Jordan. In his PhD thesis, he examined the development of monarch-centred authoritarian parliamentary system, paying special attention to the appointment of key policy makers and the role of the monarch in legislation. His current research focus is on the role of public institutions, tribes and political parties in the local governance in Jordan. By examining the contemporary changes in the local sphere, he explores how public resources are distributed to local population in Jordan in the course of neoliberal reforms and decentralization.
authoritarianism; authoritarian monarchy; clientelism; tribalism; neoliberal reform; local governance; decentralization; public goods provision