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The LDP at 50: The Rise, Power Resources, and Perspectives of Japan’s Dominant Party


  • Patrick Köllner

    () (GIGA Institute of Asian Affairs)


Japan’s ruling party is a prime example of a dominant party. While dominant parties in other democracies around the world have lost their grip on power or have even disappeared altogether, the LDP is still going strong. What explains the success of the party? How did the LDP acquire its dominant position and how did it manage to cling to it? In an attempt to answer these questions, this paper discusses the rise, the power (re-)sources and the perspectives of Japan’s dominant party.

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  • Patrick Köllner, 2005. "The LDP at 50: The Rise, Power Resources, and Perspectives of Japan’s Dominant Party," GIGA Working Paper Series 08, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:gig:wpaper:08

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    Liberal Democratic Party; Japan; dominant party; party competition; electoral system;

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