YAMADA Masahiro

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YAMADA Masahiro
Kwansei Gakuin University
School of Law and Politics Department of Political Science
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Ph.D.(University of Tsukuba)
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I am the one of the members of Planning committee in the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems since 2016. My research interest is on political participation and electoral politics.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 1996
Professor, School of Law and Politics Department of Political Science, Kwansei Gakuin University


The College of International Relations, The Third Cluster of Colleges, University of Tsukuba
Graduate School, Division of Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba

Published Papers

Comparative Analysis of socio-Economic Bias in Voting Participation and Japanese Situation
YAMADA Masahiro
Leviathan   63 30-41   Oct 2018   [Invited]
Yoshikuni Ono, and Masahiro Yamada
Political Science Research and Methods      Oct 2018   [Refereed]
The striking under-representation of women in Japan has been partly attributed to gender stereotypes and prejudice toward female leadership among voters. We examine whether and to what extent candidates get rewarded or punished when they deviate f...
Rebuilding the Local Organization of the Liberal Democratic Party in "the Kingdom of Conservatives": A Case Study of 2009 Ibaraki Gubernatorial Election
YAMADA Masahiro
The Annuals of Japanese Political Science Association   52-69   Dec 2011   [Invited]
Masahiro Yamada
Japanese Political Science Review   3 1-13   2016
Why can’t Japan have a competitive opposition? Through an analysis of survey
datasets, this article shows the loss of faith in the DPJ, and the vulnerability
of voters’ support. Although our analysis indicates the strength of
the current Abe cabin...
Barry C. Burden, Yoshikuni Ono, and Masahiro Yamada
The Journal of Politics   79(3) 1073-1078   May 2017   [Refereed]
We re-deploy a list experiment conducted a decade ago to reassess the degree to which the American public opposes
electing a woman as president. We find that opposition has been cut in half from approximately 26% to 13%. In addition,
opposition is...


Experience in Politics and Theory
YAMADA Masahiro
Leviathan   62 116-121   Apr 2018   [Invited]
Recruit of the Members of Parliament
YAMADA Masahiro
Leviathan   31 214-221   Oct 2002   [Invited]
Book Review
YAMADA Masahiro
Leviathan   48 183-186   Apr 2011   [Invited]
書評:白鳥浩編著『政権交代の政治学 地方から変わる日本政治』ミネルヴァ書房,2010年
山田 真裕
選挙研究   27(1) 139-140   Jun 2011   [Invited]

Books etc

The Breakdown of Japanese Bi-partism and Voters' Evaluation to Party Competence
YAMADA Masahiro
Bokutakusha (Tokyo, JAPAN)   May 2017   ISBN:978-4-8332-2503-8
Political Participation and Democratic Politics
YAMADA Masahiro
The University of Tokyo Press (Tokyo, JAPAN)   Feb 2016   ISBN:978-4-13-032124-2

Conference Activities & Talks

Voting Behavior in the 2017 Snap Election
YAMADA Masahiro
2018 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting   31 Aug 2018   
Didn’t it mean a thing if it ain't got that swing?
Masahiro Yamada
Didn’t it mean a thing if it ain't got that swing?   6 Jan 2011   
Voting Behavior in the Japanese Lower House Election and Evaluation to Japanese Politics in 2012
YAMADA Masahiro
The Annual Meeting of Japanese Political Science Association   16 Sep 2013   
Masahiro Yamada
Comparative Study of Electoral Systems   8 Oct 2014   
”Sanction and Party System: A Trial to Apply Valence Model to Escape from the DPJ in the 2012 Japanese Lower House Election." [Invited]
Masahiro Yamada
Asian Election Studies Conference   18 Oct 2014   

Teaching Experience


Research Grants & Projects

Japan Society for Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A)
Project Year: 2017 - 2021    Investigator(s): YAMADA Masahiro
Japan Society for Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)
Project Year: 2014 - 2016    Investigator(s): YAMADA Masahiro
Japan Society for Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)
Project Year: 2005 - 2007    Investigator(s): YAMADA Masahiro
Japan Society for Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for Encouragement of Young Scientists (A)
Project Year: Apr 1994 - Mar 1995    Investigator(s): YAMADA Masahiro

Social Contribution

[Advisor]  Nishinomiya city (Hyogo Pref.)
Since 2014, I advise to Nishinoiya city for designing annual survey to the residents in Nishinomiya city in Hyogo Prefecture, which asks the citizens about their lives in the city and their opinions to the city administration.