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Dynamics of inter-party and intra-party coalition building: a nested-game interpretation of legislator defection from a dominant political party in Japan

Horiuchi, Yusaku; Tay, Thiam Chye


Under what conditions do legislators defect from a dominant political party? We ask this question with a focus on the case of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) split in 1993. Based on a nested-game model, which depicts factions engaging in intra-party and inter-party coalition building simultaneously in two arenas, we argue that the anti-mainstream faction defected because it was marginalized and had little chance of being powerful within the LDP while the possible change in the electoral...[Show more]

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Date published: 2004
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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