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Popular Democracy in JapanHow Gender and Community Are Changing Modern Electoral Politics$
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Sherry L. Martin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449178

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449178.001.0001

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New Styles of Political Leadership and Community Mobilization

New Styles of Political Leadership and Community Mobilization

(p.49) 2 New Styles of Political Leadership and Community Mobilization
Popular Democracy in Japan

Sherry L. Martin

Cornell University Press

This chapter uses the Japanese Election and Democracy Survey (JEDS) to highlight a central concern to voters—shortening the distance between everyday voters and national political elites. National elites' political practices do not conform to voters' expectations about democracy, and voters are struggling to bring elite practices into alignment with their own definitions of popular democracy. The chapter provides examples of how grassroots political action consistent with the attitudes expressed in JEDS has slowly forced the national elite political establishment to respond to demands to deepen democracy. Political leaders across Japan are struggling to align their practices with public expectations about citizen–elite engagement.

Keywords:   Japanese Election and Democracy Survey, JEDS, everyday voters, national political elites, citizen–elite engagement, grassroots political actions, democracy

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