The Japanese Communist Party’s tumultuous electoral performance, especially the sudden surge in the 2014 general election, is an intriguing phenomenon. Analysis of electoral data reveals that a large number of votes shifted back and forth between the Communists and a few new right-wing parties in the last three elections.
Explaining the Surges and Declines of the Japanese Communist Party
Ko Maeda is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas, Denton, USA. Earlier versions of this article were presented at the University of Tokyo, Japan, in June 2016 and at the annual conference of the American Political Science Association in Philadelphia, PA, in September 2016. Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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Ko Maeda; Explaining the Surges and Declines of the Japanese Communist Party. Asian Survey 1 August 2017; 57 (4): 665–689. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2017.57.4.665
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