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FY 2008/2009 Research Topic: 4-12
Parties under Political Change in Developing Countries: Cross-areal study


This research project is a comparative case-study focusing on political parties in developing countries in 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-areal comparative study is so far rather rare. This project aims to overcome this absence, hoping for enriching our knowledge and understandings on new democracies in developing areas. As figured out in the classical works by Durkheim, political party is, theoretically, an intermediate group situated between state and society. It can be said therefore that the political life in a country is made up of the interplay between these three parties. The purpose of the study is to examine how political party respond and transform itself in this interplay. The topics expected to be investigated are: the strategy for survival of the long-ruling parties; the transformation of opposition parties, caused in their transition to ruling position; the associational groups (e.g. trade union, resistance movement) in governing position.
An interim report of the first year (FY2007) of two year project was published in March 2008. The final report will be published by the end of the FY2009.


April 2008 - February 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)