Research Activities

Research Projects

Political Institutions and Ideology under Dictatorship: The Process of Establishment, Consolidation, and Maintenance of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party Regime.(2022_2_40_011)


The purpose of this study is to clarify the roles and functions of democratic political institutions and socialist ideology in the establishment, consolidation, and persistence of the communist one-party dictatorship in Laos as well as the dynamism of these changes. Specifically, I will perform two analyses. One tracks the process by which the party introduces/modifies democratic institutions and ideologies at any given point in time. The other examines the strategic choices the party makes in each phase as well as their consequences, showing how the functioning of the institution is changed and how these choices are legitimized by ideology. In so doing, I can capture not only the functioning of democratic political institutions and ideologies in a communist one-party dictatorship but also the dynamism of their change.


April 2022 - March 2024

Leader of the Research Project

Yamada, Norihiko


Book published by External Publisher (Japanese)