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Book Talk

Dynasties and Democracy: The Inherited Incumbency Advantage in Japan

Thursday, January 10, 2019   19:30 - 21:00

Speaker:
  • Daniel M. Smith (Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Faculty Associate of the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University)

Political dynasties exist in all democracies, but have been conspicuously prevalent in Japan, where over a third of legislators and two-thirds of cabinet ministers come from families with a history in parliament. In his new book, Dynasties and Democracy: The Inherited Incumbency Advantage in Japan, Daniel M. Smith introduces a comparative theory to explain the persistence of dynastic politics in democracies like Japan, and explores the implications of this theory for candidate selection, election, and cabinet promotion, as well as the impact of dynasties on the quality of representation.

Date & Time:
Thursday, January 10, 2019   19:30 - 21:00 (Doors open at 19:00)
Venue:
1F Parliament student lounge, Azabu Hall
Temple University, Japan Campus
2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo

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Moderator:
Robert Dujarric (ICAS Director)
Registration:
Registration is encouraged (e-mail to icas@tuj.temple.edu), but not required. 登録なしでも参加できますので、直接会場へ起こしください。

Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.

Speaker:

Daniel M. Smith

Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Faculty Associate of the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University

Daniel M. Smith is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Faculty Associate of the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University. His research focuses on the impact of political institutions, especially electoral systems and candidate selection methods within parties, on aspects of democratic representation and behavior. He also studies Japanese politics more broadly.

He is the author of Dynasties and Democracy: The Inherited Incumbency Advantage in Japan (2018) and co-editor of Japan Decides 2017: The Japanese General Election (2018). His research has also appeared in several leading political science journals, including the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, and Comparative Political Studies, and in various edited volumes on Japanese politics. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, and B.A. in Political Science and Italian from the University of California, Los Angeles.