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FY 2007/2008 Research Topic: 4-15
Parties under Political Change in Developing Countries: Cross-Area Study


This research project is a comparison of case studies focusing on political parties in developing countries on different continents. Although a large amount of literature has been published on political parties in developing countries, especially after the so-called ”Third Wave of Democratization” (Huntington), cross-area comparative studies are so far rather rare.

This project aims to make up for this absence, with the hope of enriching our knowledge and understanding on new democracies in developing areas. As put forth in the classical works by Durkheim, political party is, theoretically, an intermediate group situated between the state and society. It can be said therefore that the political life of a country is made up of the interplay between these three parties.

The purpose of this study is to examine how political parties respond and transform themselves in this interplay. The topics expected to be investigated are: the strategy for survival of long-ruling parties; the transformation of opposition parties during their transition to ruling position; and the associational groups (e.g. trade unions, resistance movements) in governing position.

An interim report of the first year of the two year project will be published in March 2008.


April 2007 - March 2009


Members of the Research Project

SATO Akira
UETANI Naokatsu
AOYAMA Hiroyuki
IZUOKA Naoya (Associate Professor, Keio University)
ENDO Mitsugi (Professor, Tokyo University)
YAMAO Dai (Ph.D. candidate, Kyoto University)