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Research Projects

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


To date, scholars of authoritarianism have paid much 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 election at sub-national levels in authoritarian regimes. This research projects aims to reveal the role and function of sub-national legislative elections under authoritarian regimes and how they relate to the ruler/ruling party. We shine a light on the one-party systems of: China, Vietnam, and Laos, and on the one-party dominant systems of: Cambodia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Mozambique, and Mexico, as case studies. Comparing sub-national legislative elections between two-party systems, we will analyse the similarities and differences of the role and function, as well as the cause leading to the differences.


April 2019 - March 2021

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] Yamada Norihiko
[ Co-researcher ] Ishizuka Futaba
[ Co-researcher ] Aminaka Akiyo
[ Co-researcher ] Toyoda Shin
[ Co-researcher ] Yamada Hiroshi (Niigata University of International and Information Studies Associate Professor)
[ Co-researcher ] Nakaoka Mari (Tokiwa University Associate Professor)
[ Co-researcher ] Tachibana Yu (Hokkaido University Faculty of Letter Researcher)
[ Co-researcher ] Aburamoto Mari (Hosei University Associate Professor)
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