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Margarita Abe Estevez

Margarita Estévez-Abe

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308 Maxwell Hall

Margarita Estévez-Abe

Associate Professor, Political Science Department

O’Hanley Faculty Scholar

Advisory Board Member and Senior Research Associate, East Asia Program

Faculty Affiliate, Aging Studies Institute


  • 2024 Spring
    • MAX 132 Global Community
  • 2023 Fall
    • MAX 132 Global Community
    • PSC 200 Selected Topics - Understanding Italy&Democracy
    • LIT 200 Selected Topics - Understnd Italy & Democracy
  • 2023 Spring
    • PSC 123 Comparative Government and Politics
    • PSC 670 Experience Credit
    • MAX 132 Global Community
  • 2022 Fall
    • PSC 670 Experience Credit
    • PSC 330 Political Economy of Gender in Industrialized Countries
    • PSC 700 Selected Topics - Comparative Pol of Gender
  • 2022 Spring
    • MAX 132 Global Community
    • PSC 300 Selected Topics - Making Democracy Work
    • PSC 700 Selected Topics - Politics & Demographic Aging

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Government Department, Harvard University, 1999

Areas of Expertise

Political economy, Japan, gender

Research Grant Awards and Projects

"Collaboration with the Collegio Carlo Alberto", Sponsored by Universita degli Studi di Torino.

"Explaining Female Political Representation in Japan", Sponsored by Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Engagement (SOURCE) Research Assistant Grant.

Sponsored by Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Engagement (SOURCE) Research Assistant Grant.

Selected Publications

  • Book
    • Estevez-Abe, M., "Welfare Capitalism in Postwar Japan." Politics Series, 2008.
  • Journal Articles
    • Estevez-Abe, M., "Changing faces of political women in Tokyo." Japanese Journal of Political Science, 2023.
    • Estevez-Abe, M. (Primary Investigator), Caponio, T., "Badante or bride? Patterns of female migration in Italy, Japan, Korea and Spain." International Migration Review, 2022.
    • Estevez-Abe, M., Yang, J. and Choi, Y. ., "Beyond Familialism." Journal of European Social Policy, 2016.
    • Estevez-Abe, M., Naldini, M., "Politics of Defamilialization: A Comparative Study of Italy, Japan, Korea and Spain." Journal of European Social Policy, 2016.
    • Estevez-Abe, M., Hobson, B., "Outsourcing Domestic (Care) Work: The Politics, Policies and Political Economy." Social Politics, 2015.
    • Estevez-Abe, M., Hobson, B., "The Outsourcing of House Cleaning and Low Skill Immigrant Workers." Social Politics, 2015.
    • Estevez-Abe, M., Kim, Y. S., "Presidents, Prime Ministers and Politics of Care – Why Korea Expanded Childcare Much More than Japan." Journal of Social Policy and Administration, 2014.
  • Book Chapters
    • Estevez-Abe, M., "Social Welfare Policy in Japan." In Oxford Handbook of Japanese Politics. Oxford University Press, 2022.
    • Estevez-Abe, M., Yang, J. and Faricy, C., "The Electoral Bases of Small Tax States." In The Small Welfare States . Edward Elgar, 2022.
    • Estevez-Abe, M., Leon, M., "The Politics of Social Investment in North-East Asia and Southern Europe." In The World Politics of Social Investment Volume I: Welfare States in the Knowledge Economy. Oxford University Press, 2022.
    • Estevez-Abe, M., "The old and new welfare politics in Japan: Persisting obstacles to reform." In Social Inequality in Post-Growth Japan. Chiavacci , D., Hommerich, C. (eds.) Routledge, 2017.
    • Estevez-Abe, M., "Skills strategies for an inclusive society: what can we learn from European experiences?." In Skills Strategies for An Inclusive Society: the Role of the State, the Enterprise and the Worker. Sung, J., Ramos, C. (eds.) Institute of Adult Learning, Ministry of Education, 2014.
    • Estevez-Abe, M., "Women’s Work, Family Income and Public Policy." In Inequality and the Status of the Middle Class. Gornick, J., Jantti, M. (eds.) Stanford University Press, 2013.
    • Estevez-Abe, M., "Gendered Consequences of Vocational Training." In The Political Economy of Skill Formation. Busmeyer, M., Tampesch, C. (eds.) Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Book Reviews
    • Estevez-Abe, M., "Seikan Sukuramu-gata Riidashippu no Hokai by Michio Muramatsu." Social Science Japan Journal, 2012.
    • Estevez-Abe, M., "Review of the Real Worlds of Welfare Capitalism by Robert Goodin et al." British Journal of Industrial Relation, 2003.
    • Estevez-Abe, M., "Review of Kigyôka no Ronri to Taisei no Kôzu by Jun Watanabe." Social Science Japan Journal, 2001.
    • Estevez-Abe, M., "Review of Bicycle Citizens: The Political World of the Japanese Housewife by Robin M. LeBlanc." Women and Politics, 2000.
  • Others
    • Estevez-Abe, M., "The Varieties of Capitalism Perspective on Sex Segregation." Rebaisan (a Japanese language political science journal), 2011.
    • Estevez-Abe, M., "Why Gender Gaps Persist in Japan: A Comparative Examination of Institutional Prerequisites for Gender Equality." Nihon Rodo Kenkyu Zasshi (a Japanese language labor economics/sociology journal), 2011.
    • Estevez-Abe, M., "Voters Finally in Control: The Changing Japanese Welfare State." Global Asia, 2009.
  • Working papers
    • Estevez-Abe, M., "Political Economy of Outsourcing of Domestic Work." Carlo Alberto Working Papers, 2014.
    • Estevez-Abe, M., "Beyond the Familialist State? Outsourcing Care in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan." Carlo Alberto Working Papers, 2013.
    • Estevez-Abe, M., Hethey, T., "Institutions and Wives' Contribution to Household Income." Luxembourg Income Study Working Paper, 2008.
    • Estevez-Abe, M., "Japan’s New Extrovert Leaders: How Institutions Change Incentives and Capabilities." Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Working Paper, 2007.
    • Estevez-Abe, M., "Multiple Logics of the Welfare State." The US-Japan Program, 2000.

Presentations and Events

Guest Lecture, Princeton University , "Globalizing the Family: Marriage Migration in East Asia" (April 27, 2023 - April 28, 2023)

Transforming Care Annual Conference, Transforming Care Network, "LTC systems and pandemic preparedness: lessons from the COVID-19" (June 25, 2021)

Annual Meeting of American Political Science, "Revisiting the Gender Partisan Gap in Advanced Industrial Societies: Why Are Women are More Moderate Than Men?" (September 2, 2017)

Harvard University (2017)

School of Economics Yonsei University (2017)

Honors and Accolades

O'Hanley Faculty Fellow (2023)

Bob McClure Professor of Teaching Excellence (July, 2023)