Research Activities

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 elections 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 the meaning of such to the ruler/ruling party. For this, we pick up various one-party systems: China, Vietnam, and Laos, along with one-party dominant systems: Cambodia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Mozambique, and Mexico, as case studies. Comparing sub-national legislative elections between two-party systems, we will analyze the similarities and differences of role and function as well as the cause leading to the differences.


April 2019 - March 2022

Leader of the Research Project

Yamada Norihiko


Published by External Publisher (Japanese)