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FY 2016/2017 Research Topic: C-08
The Crisis of Democracy in Developing Countries


A number of developing countries have gone through democratization since the 1980s. The Third Wave of Democratization (Huntington 1991), however, did not necessarily result in consolidated democracies. Newly established democratic institutions often failed to resolve conflicts among various societal groups, and some groups tried to deviate from democratic institutions. In some cases, democratic institutions were gradually eroded, and authoritarian regimes came back. This research project aims to classify the failures of democracy and find causal mechanisms of these problems through comparative case studies.


April 2015 - March 2017

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] KAWANAKA Takeshi
[ Co-researchers ] MINATO Kazuki
[ Co-researchers ] HAZAMA Yasushi
[ Co-researchers ] MAKINO Kumiko
[ Co-researchers ] BABA Kaori
[ Co-researchers ] KIKUCHI Hirokazu
[ Co-researchers ] SHIGETOMI Shinichi (Professor, Meiji Gakuin University)
[ Co-researchers ] OOGUSHI Atsushi (Associate Professor, Keio University)
  • Book in Japanese to be published by an outside publishing company