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Research Faculty of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University

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Feel free to contact me at:

winkler [at] imc.hokudai.ac.jp

Publications List


  1. 2010 and 2013. The Quest for Japan’s New Constitution: An Analysis of Visions and Constitutional Reform Proposals 1980-2009. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  2. 2011. Analyse politischer Systeme: Japan (Analysis of political systems: Japan). Schwalbach: Wochenschau Verlag (co-authored with Axel Klein)

Peer Reviewed Articles

  1. 2017. “Right On? The LDP’s Drift to the Right and the Persistence of Particularism” in Social Science Japan Journal Summer 2017 20(2): 203-224.
  2. 2015. “What’s Unique about the Japanese Constitution? A Comparative and Historical Analysis” in Journal of Japanese Studies 41(2): 249-280 (co-authored with Kenneth Mori McElwain), DOI: 10.1353/jjs.2015.0056
  3. 2014. “Between Pork and People: An Analysis of the Policy Balance in the LDP’s Election Platforms” in Journal of East Asian Studies 14(3): 405-428
  4. 2012. “Consistent Conservatism in Changing Times: An analysis of Japanese conservative intellectuals’ thought” in Social Science Japan Journal Winter 2012 15(1): 93-110
  5. 2012. “The Evolution of the Conservative Mainstream” in Japan Forum 24(1) 2012: 51-73.

Book Chapters

  1. 2017. “Japans Innenpolitik 2016/2017“ (Japan’s Domestic Politics 2016/2017) in Chiavacci, David; Wieczorek, Iris (Ed.). Japan 2017: Politik, Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft  (Japan 2017: Politics, Economy, Society): 23-40.
  2. 2017. Klientelismus und Programmatik: Neue alte Seiten bei der LDP? (Clientelism and Programmatic Policies: New old aspects to the LDP?) in Vogt, Gabriele and Steffen Heinrich (eds.) Japan in der Aera Abe: Eine politikwissenschaftliche Analyse (Japan in the Abe Era: A political science analysis). Munich: Iudicium: 217-231.
  3. 2016. “Japans Innenpolitik 2015/2016“ (Japan’s Domestic Politics 2015/2016) in Chiavacci, David; Wieczorek, Iris (Ed.). Japan 2016: Politik, Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft  (Japan 2016: Politics, Economy, Society): 23-40.
  4. 2015. “Japans Innenpolitik 2014/2015“ (Japan’s Domestic Politics 2014/2015) in Chiavacci, David; Wieczorek, Iris (Ed.). Japan 2015: Politik, Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft  (Japan 2015: Politics, Economy, Society): 25-45.
  5. 2013. “Right Rising? Ideology and the 2012 House of Representatives Election” in Reed, Steven R.; Pekkanen, Robert; Scheiner, Ethan (eds.) Japan Decides, Palgrave MacMillan: 197-215.
  6. 2009. “Die Unterhauswahl 2009: Als der Wandel nach Japan kam!?“ (The Lower House election 2009: When change came to Japan!?) in Chiavacci, David; Wieczorek, Iris (Ed.). Japan 2009: Politik, Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft  (Japan 2009: Politics, Economy, Society): 47-62.
  7. 2008.“Die Japanische Innenpolitik 2007/2008 und Japans Parteien” (Japanese domestic politics in the years 2007/08 and Japan’s political parties) in Pohl, Manfred; Wieczorek, Iris (Ed.). Japan 2008: Politik, Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft (Japan 2008: Politics, Economy, Society): 27-42.

Book Reviews (Invited)

  1. 2016. “Book review of Hahm, Chaihark and Sung Ho Kim. 2015. Making We the People: Democratic Constitutional Founding in Postwar Japan and South Korea” in Social Science Japan Journal, 20(1): 127-130, DOI:10.1093/ssjj/jyx001
  2. 2015. “Review Essay: Those were the days: the rise and fall of the LDP’s factions” in Japan Forum, 27:3, 405-410
  3. 2014. “Book review of Shinoda, Tomohito. 2013. Contemporary Japanese Politics: Institutional Changes and Power Shifts” in Pacific Affairs 87(4): 856-858.
  4. 2014. “Book review of Okudaira, Yasuhiro, Kōji Aikyō and Miho Aoi. 2013. Kaiken no nani ga mondai ka” (What is the problem with constitutional reform?) in Social Science Japan Journal 17(2): 227-230, DOI:10.1093/ssjj/jyu006


  1. 2012. “Neue Führer – alte Politik? Die Präsidentenwahlen von DPJ und LDP und ihre Auswirkungen auf Japans Politik” (New leaders – same politics? The presidential elections of DPJ and LDP and their implications for Japanese politics) in FES Perspective November 2012, Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES).
  2. 2009. “Der G-20 Gipfel von Pittsburgh: Die Japanische Perspektive” (The G20 Summit of Pittsburgh: The Japanese Perspective) in Wahlers, Gerhard (Ed.). Erwartungen an den G20-Gipfel in Pittsburgh (Expectations for the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh): 43-44


In Preparation

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles & Book Chapters:


Academic talks and presentations

  1. 日本国憲法改正論:改正への支持の事態とその要因. JCPS 2018. Tohoku University, March 2018.
  2. 比較政治思想の観点からみる戦後日本の保守主義. Workshop 戦前と戦後日本の保守主義「史」の可能性, Hokkaido University, February 2018.
  3. Populism in Japan between sub-national success and national-level failure. Populism in Asia: Contours, Causes, Consequences. Monash University Malaysia, November 2017.
  4. The Amendment Debate through Public Eyes. Keio-Reischauer Joint Research Conference: Debating Japan’s Constitution: On the Streets, In Parliament, and In the Region. Harvard University, November 2017.
  5. Japan votes (again): A review of the Lower House election 2017. German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) Tokyo, October 2017.
  6. Amending the Japanese Constitution: Recent trends in the debate over a constitutional amendment. European Association of Japanese Studies (EAJS) International Conference 2017. NOA Lisbon, August 2017.
  7. The Impact of Political System Reform on Party Politics. JCPS 2017. Kochi Prefectural University, March 2017.
  8. Interest, idea, or ideology? Determinants of party positions on regional inequality (with Ken Hijino). JCPS 2016. Hokkaido University, September 2016.
  9. Constitutional Pathways of Fiscal Federalism (with Kenneth Mori McElwain). American Political Science Association Annual Conference 2016, Philadelphia Convention Center, September 2016.
  10. How to amend the Japanese Constitution? A look back at 70 years of amendment proposals. Keio-Reischauer Joint Research Project Second Workshop “Making We the People”. Keio University, July 2016.
  11. A Comparative Examination of Japan’s Recent Right-Ward Shift. Graduate School of International Studies, Kobe University. June 2016.
  12. 「中位投票者」の変動に関する国際比較−政党公約データを用いたパネルデータ分析—(with Taniguchi Naoko and Shibutani Shoki). Japanese Association of Electoral Studies Conference 2016. May 2016, Nihon University.
  13. 政党公約の国際比較―日本の政党公約の相対化と方法論的課題― (with Taniguchi, Naoko). Japanese Political Science Association Annual Conference 2015. October 2015, Chiba University.
  14. Die LDP unter Abe II: Zurück in die gute alte Zeit?. 16. Deutschsprachiger Japanologen Tag. August 2015, Munich University.
  15. A comparative perspective on Japan’s ‘turn to the right’. Japanese Studies Association of Australia Conference 2015. July 2015, LaTrobe University
  16. Partnership, Profit or Peril? Changing Depictions of China in the LDP’s Election Platforms. AAS-in-Asia Conference 2015. June 2015, Academia Sinica.
  17. 世界の中の日本の政党 ―政党公約コーディングによる国際比較 (with Taniguchi, Naoko). Japanese Association of Electoral Studies Conference 2015. May 2015, Kumamoto.
  18. The Promise of a Happy Family in the LDP’s election platforms 1956 through 2013. European Association of Japanese Studies (EAJS) International Conference 2014. August 2014, University of Ljubljana.
  19. The Promise of a Happy Family between Materialism and Modernity: An Analysis of Japanese Party Manifesto. 13th Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies. August 2014, Yokohama National University.
  20. Major Political parties’ promise of happiness between materialism and post-materialism – Observations from cross-country manifesto analysis. International Workshop “Improving the people’s lot? Different conceptions of well-being between promises and reality”, July 2014, German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) Tokyo.
  21. Getting the Right Drift: Japanese Elites’ Move to the Right: Fact or Fiction? AAS-in-Asia Conference 2014. June 2014, National University of Singapore.
  22. Blast from the Past? A Closer Look at the Rise of Japan’s Political Right. February 2014, Temple University Japan Campus.
  23. Who is Right on the Right? The Zaitokukai and the “Old” Right. International Workshop “Hate Speech and Japanese-Korean Relations: Ideology, Implications and Origins”, February 2014, German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) Tokyo.
  24. Der Geist steht Rechts? Rechtsruck in Japan zwischen Realität und Fiktion. November 2013, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Asiens (OAG). Tokyo.
  25. 日独比較で観た選挙とメディア. Symposium “Politics and Elections in the Digital Media Age – The Present State of Democracy in Japan”. November 2013, Science Council of Japan, Tokyo.
  26. Making Voters Happy? LDP’s election platforms between clientelism and post-materialism. Asian Studies Japan Conference (ASCJ) 2013. June 2013, Oberlin University, Tokyo.
  27. 国際比較・時系列比較可能な政策コーディング法とその応用 (with Naoko Taniguchi). May 2015, Kyoto University, Kyoto.
  28. Wähler im Glück? Das „Glück der Wähler“ in den Wahlprogrammen von Japans LDP. 15. Deutschsprachiger Japanologen Tag. August 2012, Zurich, Switzerland.
  29. How to make voters happy? An analysis of political parties’ promise of happiness made in election manifestos. International Workshop “Happiness – Does Culture Matter?”, November 2011, JDZB, Berlin.
  30. Constitutional Reform as a Symbol for Postwar Conservatism. Conference “Is the Japanese Constitution Suitable for the 21st Century?”. April 2011, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.