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Upcoming Event: Daniel Smith, Harvard University - "The 2014 Japanese General Election: Did Voters Really Give a Mandate to Abe?"
Thursday, February 19, 2015
4:30-6:00 PM, Annenberg School, Room 111
On December 14, 2014, Japanese voters delivered a huge victory to the LDP-led ruling coalition over a disorganized opposition. Although many observers questioned the strategic reasons behind the timing of the election, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe publicly justified the snap poll as necessary to seek voter approval for his government’s decision to delay a controversial increase in the consumption tax. More generally, the election was touted as a public referendum on the set of Abe’s economic policies known as Abenomics––including the much-heralded “three arrows” of monetary easing, fiscal stimulus, and structural reforms to Japan’s regulatory system. But were these really the issues that voters cared about? Smith reports the preliminary results of a first-of-its-kind conjoint survey experiment conducted during the course of the campaign, and a district-level vote analysis of the poll.
Daniel M. Smith is Assistant Professor in the Department of Government. His research focuses primarily on political parties, candidate selection, elections and electoral systems, and coalition government, particularly in Japan. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of California, San Diego, and his B.A. in political science and Italian from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has conducted research in Japan as a Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology research scholar at Chuo University, and as a Fulbright research fellow at the University of Tokyo. Prior to joining the Department of Government, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University.
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