The Journal of Japanese Studies



Explaining Party Adaptation to Electoral Reform:
The Discreet Charm of the LDP?

This article traces the effects of Japan’s 1994 electoral reform on Japan’s governing party, the LDP.  Factions have lost their central role in nominating candidates and deciding the party presidency but remain important in allocating party and Diet posts.  Unexpectedly, koenkai have grown stronger because they perform new functions.  PARC remains important but diminished by the enhanced policymaking role of party leaders in the coalition government.  A central theme is unpredicted organizational adaptation—“embedded choice”—since 1994.  We speculate on how this flexibility of the LDP, adapting old organizational forms to new incentives, its “discreet charm,” may affect Japanese politics and the LDP’s potential longevity in power.

Volume 30, Number 1 (Winter 2004)
© 2004 Society for Japanese Studies


Marie Anchordoguy and Kevin M. Doak, Coeditors     Martha L. Walsh, Managing Editor
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