Research Activities

Research Projects

Sub-national Legislative Election Under an Authoritarian Regime (2019_2_40_004)


To date, scholars of authoritarianism have paid substantial attention to the use of democratic institutions in dictatorships to mitigate threats from both internal and external ruling elites, to co-opt and divide opposition, and to solve commitment problems among the ruling elite. However, there have been no in-depth studies of legislative elections in sub-national levels in authoritarian regimes. This research project aims to reveal the role and function of sub-national legislative elections under authoritarian regimes and their meaning to the ruler/ruling party. For this, as case studies, we selected countries with a one-party system, such as: China, Vietnam, and Laos, along with countries with a one-party dominant system: Cambodia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Mozambique, and Mexico. Comparing sub-national legislative elections with two-party systems, we will analyse the similarities and differences of the roles and functions, as well as the causes leading to differences.


April 2019 - March 2021

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] Yamada Norihiko
[ Co-researcher ] Ishizuka Futaba
[ Co-researcher ] Aminaka Akiyo
[ Co-researcher ] Shin Toyoda
[ Co-researcher ] Aburamoto Mari (Faculty of Law, Assistant Professor)
[ Co-researcher ] Tachibana Yu (Faculty of Letters, Researcher)
[ Co-researcher ] Nakaoka Mari (Department of Management, Associate Professor)
[ Co-researcher ] Yamada Hiroshi (Department of International Studies, Assistant Professor)
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