Sébastien Lechevalier is an Economist and a Professor at EHESS (School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Paris), specialised in Asian Capitalisms. He is also founder and president of the Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS (FFJ) and coordinator of the project INCAS (“Understanding Institutional Change in Asia: A Comparative Perspective with Europe”) under the EU Horizon 2020 programme.
His book, The Great Transformation of Japanese Capitalism (Routledge, 2014) was published in three languages. It posits an alternative analysis of the Japanese economic trajectory since the early 1980s, and argues that whereas policies inspired by neo-liberalism have been presented as a solution to the Japanese crisis, these policies have in fact been one of the causes of the problems that Japan has faced over the past thirty years.
Based on the experience gained in studying the Japanese economy case, he wishes to extend his research to other forms of capitalism in Asia in a comparative perspective with Europe.