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Kohei Suzuki


Kohei Suzuki is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the program on Out of control or over controlled? Incentives, audits and new public management at the Quality of Government Institute, University of Gothenburg. He received his Ph.D in Public Policy from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and the Department of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. His dissertation examines whether retrenchment of government services, including national and local level governments, enhances service provisions by non-profit actors and local citizens groups among OECD countries, with particular attention to Japanese local municipalities. He also has six years of professional experience as a local government consultant in Japan.

Research interests

His main research interests are:
• Comparative public administration/management
• Administrative reform and municipal performance
• New Public Management (NPM)
• Government retrenchment and citizen participation in service provision
• Representative bureaucracy and gender representation

Current research

His research mostly deals with comparative public administration and management with special emphasis on municipal governments. He is currently working on the following research projects: 1) Evaluation of NPM reforms on quality of government and democracy, municipal performance, and human well-being, 2) Government service retrenchment and its impact on citizen participation in service provision, and 3) Representative bureaucracy and gender representation. He examines these topics through cross-national studies of developed countries with a particular regional focus on Japan.


Suzuki, K., & Sakuwa, K. (2016). Impact of Municipal Mergers on Local Population Growth: An Assessment of the Merger of Japanese Municipalities. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, 38(4), 223-238. doi:10.1080/23276665.2016.1258887.

Suzuki, K. (2016). Politics of Municipal Consolidation. In A. Farazmand (Ed.), Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance (pp. 1-7). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Avellaneda, C. N., Johansen, M., & Suzuki, K. (2016). What Drives Japanese INGOs to Operate in Latin American Countries? International Journal of Public Administration, 1-14. doi:10.1080/01900692.2016.1187165

Suzuki, K., & Avellaneda, C. (2016). Does Chief Executive’s Experience Moderate Consolidation’s Impact on Municipal Performance? QoG Working Paper Series, 11, 1-27.

Work In Progress
Suzuki, Kohei. “The Effects of Government Retrenchment on Citizens’ Provision of Public Service.”

Suzuki, Kohei. “Explaining Local Citizens’ Responses to Public Service Retrenchment: An Empirical Analysis of OECD Countries.”

Suzuki, Kohei and Claudia Avellaneda. “Assessing the Effect of Gender Representation on Local Administrative Reform.”

Suzuki, Kohei and Claudia Avellaneda. “Does Gender Representation in City Councils Affect Legislation Proposals and Approval?”

Suzuki, Kohei and Claudia Avellaneda. “New Public Management and Public Service Performance: Does NPM Reform Lead to Better Performance?”

Suzuki, Kohei and Claudia Avellaneda. “Does Political Context Matter? Explaining Performance in Japanese Localities.”

Suzuki, Kohei and Hyesong Ha. “Does Municipal Consolidation Improve Legislative Performance?”

Suzuki, Kohei and Hyunkang Hur. “Bureaucratic Structures and Work Orientations of Public Sector Employees”

Suzuki, Kohei and Mehmet Akif Demircioglu. “Assessing the Impact of Weberian Bureaucracy and New Public Management on Innovation.”

Kweon, Yesola and Kohei Suzuki. “Political Contexts of the Age-orientation of the Welfare State.”


Please see my CV for a more detailed overview of my current research and publications.


Contact Information


Room, B538

+46 (0)31 786 1224

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