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Does reapportionment, or the redistribution of electoral representation among districts, in a legislature affect policy outcomes? We examine this question from a comparative perspective by focusing on the electoral reform in Japan.

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The research makes three key findings. First we show that the reform of 1994 resulted in an unprecedented degree of equalization in legislative representation. Second, we find evidence that municipalities in overrepresented districts received significantly more subsidies compared to those in underrepresented districts. Finally, we show a broader equalization of voting strength post-electoral reform.

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This page is a summary of: Reapportionment and Redistribution: Consequences of Electoral Reform in Japan, American Journal of Political Science, October 2003, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/1540-5907.00047.
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