Takahiro Oki

Ph.D. Kandidat
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs
E-Mail: takahiro.oki@gmail.com

Ph.D. Title: Business Lobbying in European Union Energy And Environmental Policy Making - A Discourse Analysis of the EU Ecodesign Policy

Takahiro Oki is a doctoral candidate at the Bavarian School of Public Policy. His research revisits the power of business lobbying in EU energy and environmental policymaking and aims to explain why at times powerful business actors fail in their efforts to influence the policy-making process and to obtain preferred policy outcomes. Theoretically, this research takes a social constructivist perspective with a focus on the role of discourses and historical and social institutional constraints in lobbying activities, contrary to the majority of the academic literature on interest representation primarily focusing financial and non-financial resources of business lobbying. Methodologically, the research combines the single case method and the process-tracing method to analyze the EU ecodesign legislation - a policy that sets minimum requirements for a wide range of electric and electronic products in order to promote energy efficiency and enhance their environmental performance.

He received his Master's degree in International Political Economy from Kassel University in Germany and his Bachelor's degree in European History from Rikkyo University in Japan.