1st Edition

Japanese Democracy and Lessons for the United States Eight Counterintuitive Lessons

By Ray Christensen Copyright 2020
    214 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    214 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents a collection of lessons on how best to run elections and politics, using examples from the Japanese experience and showing how elections operate in a non-Western democracy.

    Featuring extensive data and evidence from both Japan and the United States, the themes covered include one-party rule, ballot security and voting procedures, election regulations, malapportionment and gerrymandering, court interventions, voter attachments, and distortions of the public will by election rules. In so doing, the analysis challenges conventional wisdom in both Japan and the United States, highlighting surprising and counterintuitive findings from decades of observation. This book also explicitly compares Japan to other, similarly situated democracies. Japan is therefore not treated as a standalone case but, rather, the lessons from Japan are contextualized for greater understanding and can be used to inform discussions about comparative elections and democracy.

    Offering practical advice in relation to elections and the functions of democracy, Japanese Democracy and Lessons for the United States will be useful to students and scholars of Japanese, US, and comparative politics.

    1. Introduction 

    2. One-party rule 

    3. Campaign regulations 

    4. Drawing the boundaries of election districts 

    5. Supreme courts and election procedures 

    6. Corruption 

    7. Democracy and political instability 

    8. Acceptance of election results 

    9. Conclusion


    Ray Christensen is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University, USA. His research focuses on aspects of Japanese elections including gender issues, gerrymandering, malapportionment, corruption, and electoral alliances.