Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. Joong-Gun Chung
This thesis analyses the Japanese political party system. Both the historical and current situations are examined. The Japanese electoral system before 1993 was multimember district with nontransferable vote. The new system for the lower house from 1994 to the present is a mixture of single member district and proportional representation district, which allows dual candidacy. The main purpose is analyzing the effective distribution of the number of political parties in terms of vote and seat share from the postwar period to the present, and how it has been changed since the 1994 electoral reform.
Bamba, Shinya, "Japanese Party System: The Electoral System and Its Influence on the Effective Distribution of the Number of Political Parties from Postwar to the Present" (2001). Student Work. 2243.