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Dynasties and Democracy: The Inherited Incumbency Advantage in Japan

Daniel M. Smith


Democracy is supposed to be the antithesis of hereditary rule by family dynasties. And yet “democratic dynasties” continue to persist in democracies around the world. They have been conspicuously prevalent in Japan, where more than a third of all legislators and two-thirds of all cabinet ministers in recent years have come from families with a history in parliament. Such a high proportion of dynasties is unusual and has sparked concerns over whether democracy in Japan is functioning properly. This book introduces a comparative theory to explain the causes and consequences of dynasties in democ ... More

Keywords: democratic dynasties, political institutions, parties, incumbency advantage, inherited incumbency advantage, electoral system, candidate selection, Japan, Liberal Democratic Party

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781503605053
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503605053.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel M. Smith, author
Harvard University