The 21st Century Japanese Prime Minister: An Unusually Precarious Perch
Keywords: Japanese Prime Minister, Cabinet Support, Electoral Incentives, Political Leadership, Intra-Party Politics,
The nature and rapidity of turnover of prime ministers in Japan in recent years (2006～2010) is nearly unprecedented both historically in Japan and in comparison to other developed parliamentary democracies. This paper contextualizes the recent high degree of turnover in the post of prime minister both in historical and comparative perspective. The central argument of the paper is that the recent rapid turnover in the post of the prime minister is a perverse consequence of the increased prominence and influence of the post and the greater electoral importance of the party label in a time of great electoral volatility and voter dissatisfaction.
社會科學研究 第62巻 第1号（2011-02-28発行）
（更新日： 2012年 11月 2日）