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By Ethan Scheiner

regardless of its democratic constitution, Japan's executive has been ruled via a unmarried celebration, the Liberal Democratic celebration (LDP) due to the fact 1955. This publication bargains a proof for why, even within the face of serious dissatisfaction with the LDP, no competition social gathering has been in a position to provide itself as a reputable challenger in Japan. knowing such failure is critical for plenty of purposes, from its influence on jap financial coverage to its implications for what allows democratic responsiveness extra generally. The important reasons for competition failure in Japan specialize in the country's tradition and electoral approach. This booklet bargains a brand new interpretation, arguing way more believable rationalization rests at the predominance in Japan of clientelism, mixed with a centralized executive constitution and electoral safety for teams that reap the benefits of clientelism. whereas the critical case within the publication is Japan, the research can also be comparative and applies the framework cross-nationally.

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