Jeffrey Broadbent is professor in the department of sociology and Institute of Global Studies, University of Minnesota.

His research primarily concerns the general factors affecting the formation and effectiveness of national environmental policies. The major theoretical focus has concerned the effects of institutions, networks and culture upon the policy-making process. With Japan as his major case study, Jeff has conducted lengthy field work on environmental protest movements and politics in local communities and at the prefectural level, as well as policy-network surveys of national political processes concerning labor and more recently climate change issues.

Last Updated: July 9, 2017

  • Environmental Politics in Japan: Networks of Power and Protest. Cambridge, 1998. Winner of the “Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize” in Japan and the “Outstanding Publication Award” from the Section on Environment and Technology, American Sociological Association (2000).
  • “Chapter 5: Japan’s Environmental Politics: Recognition and Response Processes,” in Hidefumi Imura and Miranda Schreurs, eds. Environmental Management in Japan, the World Bank and Elsevier Press, 2005.
  • “Identity Dynamics: Movement Mobilization in the US and Japan,” in Charles Tilly and Maria Kousis, eds., Threats and Opportunities in Contentious Politics, Paradigm Publishers, 2005.
  • “Movement in Context: Thick Networks and Japanese Environmental Protest,” in Diani & McAdam, Social Movements and Networks, Oxford University Press, 2003.