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Explaining Japan's Revolving Door Premiership: Applying the Leadership Capital Index


Burrett, Tina

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Abstract The tenure of Japanese prime ministers is famously short. Between 2006 and 2012 Japan changed prime minister once a year. What factors can explain Japan’s revolving-door premiership? To explore this puzzle, this article applies the Leadership Capital Index (LCI) developed by Bennister, ’t Hart and Worthy (2015) to case studies of the nine Japanese prime ministers holding office between 2000 and 2015. Leadership capital is the aggregate of leaders’ political resources: skills, relations and reputation. The LCI thus allows analysis of the interplay between individual capacities and contextual conditions in determining leaders’ ability to gain, maintain and deploy power. The LCI is applied to answer two questions. Firstly, what accounts for the short tenure of many Japanese premiers? In which of the LCI’s three leadership dimensions do Japanese leaders lack capital? Secondly, what forms of capital allow some prime ministers to retain office for longer than average (>2 years)? In particular, the article analyses the leadership of Junichiro Koizumi (2001–2006) Japan’s longest serving prime minister since the 1970s, and incumbent Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has held office for three years since December 2012. As well as utilising the LCI to comparatively analyse the tenure of Japan’s prime ministers, this article tests the applicability of the Index beyond Western parliamentary democracies. (author's abstract)
Thesaurusschlagwörter political culture; career politician; minister-president; political system; political leadership; Japan; change in power; party; career; politics; legislative term
Klassifikation politische Willensbildung, politische Soziologie, politische Kultur
Freie Schlagwörter Leadership Capital Index; LCI
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2016
Seitenangabe S. 36-53
Zeitschriftentitel Politics and Governance, 4 (2016) 2
Heftthema New Approaches to Political Leadership
ISSN 2183-2463
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz Creative Commons - Namensnennung