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Makoto Fukumoto

Personal Statement

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at UC Berkeley. I work on how spatially uneven economic development affects political behavior and policy responses, focusing on two topics: Political Economy of Place-based Policies & the Impact of Geographic Mobility on Political Behavior. My main field is comparative politics and political economy, but my research also speaks to public policy, political behavior, international political economy, urban politics, intergovernmental politics, federalism, and business and politics. I pay particular attention to “left-behind areas” in advanced economies. I use European, American, and Japanese data to address these questions and apply a range of geospatial analysis to them. I hold an MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science as well as a B.A. from the University of Tokyo.

Subfields
Methodology & Formal Theory
European Politics, Political Economy, Political Geography