Institute of Social Science The University of Tokyo

the University of Tokyo


Research Staff

Kenneth Mori McElwain

update at 25 June 2015

Division Department of Comparative Contemporary Politics
Research fields Political Institutions, Public Opinion

Teaching and Research Appointments

June 2015 - Associate Professor, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo

Publications (2014- )

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  1. “What's Unique about Japan's Constitution? A Comparative and Historical Analysis”. (with Christian Winkler) Journal of Japanese Studies, 41(2), 2015.
  2. “Parties and Elections”. In J. Babb (Ed.), The SAGE Handbook of Modern Japanese Studies. London: SAGE Publications. 2014, pp. 367-391.
  3. “Party System Institutionalization in Japan”. In A. Hicken & E. Kuhonta (Eds.), Reexamining Party System Institutionalization through Asian Lenses. Cambridge University Press. 2014, pp. 74-107.

Selected publications ( -2013)

  1. “Manipulating Electoral Rules to Manufacture Single Party Dominance”. American Journal of Political Science, 52(1), 2008, pp. 32-47.
  2. Political Change in Japan: Electoral Behavior, Party Realignment, and the Koizumi Reforms. (Co-Edited Steven R. Reed and Kay Shimizu) Palo Alto: Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. 2009.
  3. “Party Democratization and the Salience of Party Leaders”. (with Michio Umeda) Journal of Social Science (Shakai Kagaku Kenkyu), 62(1), 2011, pp. 173-193.
  4. “The Nationalization of Japanese Elections”. Journal of East Asian Studies, 12(3), 2012, pp. 323-350.

Topics of research

(1) Comparative Constitutional Design
(2) Public Opinion and Partisanship in Japan
(3) Determinants of Party Manifestos

Educational Activities in 2015

Graduate School of Law and Politics, The University of Tokyo Comparative Constitutional Design