|Budget Amount *help
¥2,700,000 (Direct Cost : ¥2,700,000)
Fiscal Year 1999 : ¥1,100,000 (Direct Cost : ¥1,100,000)
Fiscal Year 1998 : ¥1,600,000 (Direct Cost : ¥1,600,000)
The first year was devoted to the literature survey of various models on a sustainable world order. Along with it, preliminary interviews with policy elites were conducted to examine the parallels/discrepancies between the models offered by experts and the future visions embraced by policy elites. On the basis of these findings, an attempt is made to construct a tentative classificatory scheme of currently available sustainable world order models and an analytical framework with which to analyze the state of emergence/formation of transnational epistemic communities on the sustainable world order among policy elites. These tentative classificatory scheme and analytical framework were reviewed by the researchers who specialize in the subject at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (Collogne, Germany), the Peace and Development Foundation (Bonn, Germany), the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA), and the Southern Center for I
nternational Studies (Atlanta, Georgia, USA), and revised thereupon.
The second year was devoted to further articulate the analytical scheme specifically to investigate the evolving perception of policy elites in the advanced industrial capitalist countries, in particular Japan, the United States, and Germany, in regard to the visions and attainability of a sustainable world order.
The result of research was complied into a paper entitled, "Emerging Epistemic Communities on a Sustainable World Order," which was presented at the 41ィイD1stィエD1 Annual Convention of the International Studies Association held in Los Angeles, March 14-19, 2000. The paper consists of five parts ; (1) definition of key terminologies, sustainability and epistemic community ; (2) an overview of the future world order or disorder envisioned by realists, liberal-institutionalists, and critical theorists, with particular attention to the concept of sustainability in their scenarios ; (3) classification schemes on the future world order offered by W. W. Wagar and Matthew Paterson ; (4) examination of the future scenarios that focus specifically on sustainability ; and, (5) concluding section with tentative answers to the question if an with what substance an epistemic community or communities on a sustainable world order are emerging in the contemporary world. Less