ケネス・盛・ マッケルウェイン/Kenneth Mori McElwain

Kenneth Mori McElwain


Professor of Comparative Politics, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo

Areas of Expertise

  • Constitutional design
  • electoral systems
  • public opinion
  • political economy

Research Unit

Politics & Economy


Received his BA from Princeton University and PhD in political science from Stanford University, and previously taught at the University of Michigan, before moving to his current post in 2015. His work has been published in a number of journals and edited volumes, including the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of East Asian Studies, Social Science Japan, Chuō Kōron, and Journal of Japanese Studies. He was the co-editor of Political Change in Japan: Electoral Behavior, Party Realignment, and the Koizumi Reforms, APARC/Brookings Institution Press.


  • “Constitutional Revision in the 2017 Election”, In Robert J. Pekkanen, Steven R. Reed, Ethan Scheiner, and Daniel Smith, eds. Japan Decides 2017: The Japanese General Election. Palgrave Macmillan. 2018.
  • “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.
  • “Parties and Elections”. In J. Babb (Ed.), The SAGE Handbook of Modern Japanese Studies. London: SAGE Publications. 2014, pp. 367-391.
  • “What's Unique about Japan's Constitution? A Comparative and Historical Analysis”. (with Christian Winkler) Journal of Japanese Studies, 41(2), 2015.
  • “The Nationalization of Japanese Elections”. Journal of East Asian Studies, 12(3), 2012, pp. 323-350.
  • “Party Democratization and the Salience of Party Leaders”. (with Michio Umeda) Journal of Social Science (Shakai Kagaku Kenkyu), 62(1), 2011, pp. 173-193.
  • 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.
  • “Manipulating Electoral Rules to Manufacture Single Party Dominance”. American Journal of Political Science, 52(1), 2008, pp. 32-47.