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Group 3: Research Group on "Collaborative Public Policy"

Overview

Group 3 plays a crucial role to realize and establish the partnership-oriented social systems and policies on the ground, which were developed and piloted in the first phase of the LORC. Especially with the theoretical work of the Group 1, we develop further the methodologies of partnership-oriented policies and local regeneration activities, and seek the possibility to commercialize them as sustainable, partnership-oriented businesses.

Specifically, we tackle the following three research themes with specific areas and local governments: 1) undertaking and examining practical projects on the ground which seek partnership-oriented local governance; 2) conducting pilot projects and their assessments of a partnership-oriented local businesses which will contributes to sustainable local society; and 3) analyzing the work of local governments to reconstruct their functions adjusting to a partnership-oriented local governance. Through these research activities, we aim to formulate and generalize a new methodology of local public policy.

Main research themes

Research on a partnership-oriented local social system

Working with Takashima-city, Shiga Prefecture, which was created by a merger of 6 towns and villages in the area in 2005, we made a suggestion to the local government regarding partnership workings with local people, and provided a support to the development of the guideline for promoting partnership. Based on the experiences in Takashima-city, we conduct similar projects with other local government partners to promote partnership-oriented local systems.

Practical research on a partnership-oriented carbon market

In Kameoka-city which is working on the Carbon Minus Project, we design and pilot an "Eco-point" system as a local mechanism of CO2 reduction, in which local people and small businesses will actively participate and work together. We develop a local distribution model utilizing the technique of carbon sequestration and agricultural products from it, which are the outcomes of the Carbon Minus Project. We evaluate the potential of this project as a local framework of carbon offset, and consider the prospect of transferring the model to other localities.

Establishment of the analytical method of the work of local governments and its trial

We conduct analyses of the work of local governments in order to separate out some of the work which can be managed by the local people as social service providers. This contributes to improve local regeneration and realise a new way of local governance.

For the evaluation of the analytical process, it is needed to develop a calculating method of administrative costs for each work. We will try to develop one, examining and comparing the "Calculating Manual for Administrative Costs" by Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, and the calculating methods uniquely developed by each local government.

Annual Plan

2008 Research Meeting on the Partnership-Oriented Local Society (5 times)
Research Meeting on the Environmental Resource Management System (4 times)
Research Meeting on the Analysis of the Work of Local Governments (6 times); Developing and implementing an analytical method.
2009 Research Meeting on the Partnership-Oriented Local Society (5 times)
Research Meeting on the Environmental Resource Management System (4 times); Conducting analyses using an environmental resource software; Developing a report of a partnership-oriented carbon market
Research Meeting on the Analysis of the Work of Local Governments (6 times); Analyzing costs for sharing the work of the local governments with the public.
2010 Research Meeting on the Partnership-Oriented Local Society (5 times); Conducting a trail project based on the partnership-oriented administrative reform
Research Meeting on the Environmental Resource Management System (5 times), Establishing a local industry network with an environmental resource management software
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