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FY 2012/2013 Research Topic: C-17
Political Determinants of Social Policy


Democratization in developing countries is expected to enhance redistribution to the lower income class, which usually includes the median voter in such countries. Our research questions ask: Did it really happen? Or can we find variations among new democracies? And if so, why? We focus in particular on political determinants as an independent variable, and examine their effects on social policies that embody redistribution. This research project has been organized so as to lay the foundation for further studies in the future. We will review the literature and seek to construct a tentative theoretical framework, as well as check the availability of related data.


April 2012 - March 2013

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] KAWANAKA Takeshi
[ Co-researchers ] HAZAMA Yasushi