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Ken Victor Leonard Hijino, "Intra-party conflicts over gubernatorial campaigns in Japan: Delegation or franchise?," Party Politics, 20 (January 2014), 78-88. [Available at http://ppq.sagepub.com/content/vol20/issue1/ ]

First paragraph:
In the limited but growing literature on multi-level intraparty dynamics, scholars have attempted to measure the autonomy local party branches possess from the central party leadership in terms of various local party activities. These include the selection of candidates and leaders, formation of policy, electoral campaign strategies and governing strategies (Thorlakson, 2009: 162-163; Van Biezen and Hopkin, 2006: 26-33). Most of this party organizational literature focuses on European states which do not have a tradition of powerful directly elected mayors or governors at local level. As such, little of the comparative literature on intra-party relations has considered the effect of local chief executives on the dynamics between party headquarters and local branches.

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(first paragraph of conclusion) The conflicts over London mayoralty elections echo the dilemmas faced by Japanese parties in contesting gubernatorial campaigns. Top-down selection led to local resistance, splits in the local party and negative press for the party. At the same time, the party leadership felt it could not fully delegate this selection process to local organizations as such elections were critical for the image and fortunes of the party as a whole.

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