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Asian Journal of Comparative Politics

Asian Journal of Comparative Politics

eISSN: 2057892X | ISSN: 20578911 | Current volume: 9 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

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The Asian Journal of Comparative Politics (AJCP) targets the publication of theoretically or methodologically original articles that articulate conceptual and theoretical perspectives in Comparative Politics, and it welcomes both quantitative and qualitative approaches. AJCP also targets the publication of short research notes that outline on-going research in more specific areas of study.

is for political scientists all over the world. The core field of the journal is Comparative Politics with the focus on Asia. The journal covers all topics in this field; political behaviour and leadership (e.g., elections, corruption, and consensual versus dictatorial systems); institutions and regime (e.g., executives, legislatives and judiciaries, authoritarianism versus democracy); state-society relations (e.g., weak state and strong society); political culture (e.g., compliance prone versus defiance prone norms); and foreign policy and globalization (e.g., proactive versus reactive diplomacy and permeated versus isolated society). As Asia has a potential as one of the frontiers of comparative studies, it would also help generate new hitherto fore unknown findings in the West.

However, this does not mean that the journal does not accept interdisciplinary approaches bridging the gap between Comparative Politics and other subfields of Political Science. For instance, the journal touches international relations. In an era of deep and wide globalization especially in a dynamic and diverse region called Asia, it is unthinkable for a journal of politics not to deal with international relations and global politics. The journal also seeks to bridge the gap between Political Science and other related fields such as Economics, History, Sociology, Psychology, and Medical Science. It is open to other academic areas and appreciates the benefits that emerge from those original research articles and notes of different academic traditions.

"The Asian Journal of Comparative Politics aims to provide analyses across states, beneath states and beyond states. The Journal goes beyond euro-centric conception of state and state systems without being Asia-centric. It aims to be global-centric in its approach, audience and methods. Only time will tell whether it passes this test. The AJCP will begin with 3 single theme based issues during first 3 Quarters. The first will look across nations and analyze 3 Elections in Asia during 2014-15, in India, Indonesia and Japan. The second issue will look beneath nations to explore how domestic debates among sub-national groups influence foreign affairs and regional relations. The focus will be on China and its neighbors in East Asia. The third issue will look beyond nations at how global 'Regimes' are setting rules and developing enforcement norms and instruments, thus creating a new space of Governance which confounds the state-centric sovereignty of the 20th century. Welcome to the Asian Journal of Comparative Politics, providing comparisons across states beneath states and beyond states." -Ijaz Shafi Gilani, Chairman, Gallup Pakistan, Pakistan.

“The Asian Journal of Comparative Politics promises to become a vibrant meeting place for important comparative scholarship addressing issues central to the 21st century. Scholars take note!” Peter Katzenstein, the Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University and former President of the American Political Science Association.

“Asia is the largest continent in the world, with the largest population (more than 4.4 billion people (60% of the world population). It is the fastest growing economic region and the largest continental economy by GDP PPP in the world. It has several of the world's oldest continuous literate civilizations, boasts a series of economic "miracles" and five of the world's nuclear powers. Political science has done much to inform our understanding of this diverse continent, but comparative political analysis has hitherto been relatively neglected. The Asian Journal of Comparative Politics, edited by Inoguchi Takashi, is thus certain to make a most valuable contribution.” Lowell Dittmer, Professor of Political Science and editor, Asian Survey, University of California, Berkeley.

“I am an admirer of Takashi Inoguchi. I am confident that under his leadership, the new Asian Journal of Comparative Politics, will be a great success.” Tommy Koh, Ambassador-At-Large, Republic of Singapore.

Published under the auspices of the Asian Consortium for Political Research (ACPR) and AJCP is partly financially supported by the Grant-in Aid for Scientific Research (Grant in Aid for Publication of Science Research Results, 15HP2025), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science is greatly acknowledged.

The Asian Journal of Comparative Politics (AJCP) is a journal of Comparative Politics with the focus on Asia. Despite the enormous transformations of the world into the new millennium in terms of the number and characters of sovereign countries and in terms of deep tide of globalization permeating every part of the globe, the genre of Comparative Politics has often been constrained by the original paradigms which developed largely in the third quarter of the last century like voting behavior, party cleavages, democratization, state strength, and no less importantly primordial emphasis on Western Europe and North America.

The journal covers all topics in this field; political behavior and leadership, institutions and regime, state-society relations, political cultures, foreign policy and globalization.

Published under the auspices of the Asian Consortium for Political Research (ACPR) and AJCP is partly financially supported by the Grant-in Aid for Scientific Research (Grant in Aid for Publication of Science Research Results, 15HP2025), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science is greatly acknowledged.

Founding Editor
Takashi Inoguchi J. F. Oberlin University, Tokyo
Co- Editors
Titli Basu Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Zhengxu Wang Zhejiang University, China
Editorial Board
Chiyuki Aoi University of Tokyo, Japan
Paul Bacon Waseda University, Japan
Bertrand Badie Science Po, Paris, France
Kenneth Benoit London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Thomas Berger Boston University, USA
Tina Burrett Sophia University, Japan
Jie Chen University of Idaho, USA
Yunhan Chu National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Christian Collet International Christian University, Japan
Michael Cox London School of Economics, UK
Kentaro Fukumoto Gakushuin University, Japan
Narayanan Ganesan Hiroshima City University, Japan
Daniella Giannetti University of Bologna, Italy
Terence Gomez University of Malaya, Malaysia
Peter Hays Gries University of Oklahoma, USA
Baogang He Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Ludger Helms University of Innsbruck, Austria
Yee Kuang Heng National University of Singapore, Singapore
Yusaku Horiuchi Dartmouth College, USA
Christian Houle Michigan State Universtiy, USA
Michael Hsiao Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Keisuke Iida University of Tokyo, Japan
G. John Ikenberry Princeton University, USA
Kosuke Imai Harvard University, USA
Turtogtokh Janar National University of Mongolia, Mongolia
Qingguo Jia Peking University, China
Rieko Kage University of Tokyo, Japan
Won-Taek Kang Seoul National University, South Korea
Yuko Kasuya Japan
Gregory Kasza Indiana University Bloomington, United States, USA
Junko Kato University of Tokyo, Japan
Sanjay Kumar Director, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi
Shuhei Kurizaki Waseda University, Japan
Jongryn Mo Yonsei University, South Korea
Chung-In Moon Yonsei University, South Korea
Cheol Hee Park Seoul National University, South Korea
Simona Piattoni Italy
Juliet Pietsch Australian National University, Australia
Thitinan Pongsudirak Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Siripan Nogsuan Sawasdee Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Tomohito Shinoda International University of Japan, Japan
Rizal Sukma Center for International/Strategic Studies, Indonesia
Xuefeng Sun Tsinghua University, China
Julio Teehankee De La Salle University
Luca Verzichelli University of Siena, Italy
Zhengxu Wang Nottingham University, UK
Paul Whiteley University of Essex, UK
Mathew Yee Hang Wong Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Xuetong Yan Tsinghua University, China
Ching-hsin Yu National Chengchi University, Taiwan
International Advisory Board
Wang Gungwu National University of Singapore, Singapore
Ashis Nandy Center for the Study of Developing Societies, India
Ezra Vogel Harvard University, USA
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  • Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Asian Journal of Comparative Politics will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that the journal may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.
    If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Data
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplemental material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 Sage Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information


    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Asian Journal of Comparative Politics, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    AJCP publishes regular articles.

     Each manuscript should contain:

    (i) title page with full title and subtitle (if any). For the purposes of anonymize refereeing (submissions will be refereed anonymously by at least two referees), full name of each author with current affiliation and full address/phone/fax/email details plus short biographical note should be supplied on a separate sheet. Authors can suggest the name, affliations, and contact information of one individual who may be suitable to serve as a referee, although the editors are under no obligation to use the individual as a reviewer.

    (ii) abstract of 100-150 words

    (iii) up to 10 key words

    (iv) main text, including references, notes and abstract, can be up to 7,500 words. Text to be clearly organized, with a clear hierarchy of headings and subheadings and quotations exceeding 40 words displayed, indented, in the text. Texts of a length greatly exceeding this will be considered as interest warrants and space permits.

    (v) end notes, if necessary, should be signalled by superscript numbers in the main text and listed at the end of the text before the references.

    In addition to regular articles, AJCP publishes Research Note, Review Essays, and Book Reviews. All of these are substantially shorter than regular articles.

    Research Note should not exceed 5,000 words, including references, notes and abstract, and must be accompanied by an abstract between 100-150 words

    Review Essays and Book Reviews should be between 3,000-4,000 words and 600-1,000 words, respectively.

    All of them are peer-reviewed.

    A Review Essay can be about a single book (which must be very significant to warrant this much attention), about several books, or ‘state-of-the-art’ articles. A Book Review applies to multi-volume works as well as single volumes. The principal aim of this column is to make the readers aware of recently-published books of significance to the field.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Asian Journal of Comparative Politics  (AJCP) adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.3.1 Third party submissions

    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    •    Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input 
    •    Identify any entities that paid for this assistance 
    •    Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    2.3.2 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    2.4 Funding

    Asian Journal of Comparative Politics requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Asian Journal of Comparative Politics encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway

    2.6 Research Data

    Sage acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    Asian Journal of Comparative Politics requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles [alongside their article submissions] to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility.

    Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. [The editor(s) may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data.] The editor(s) can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Asian Journal of Comparative Politics and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Asian Journal of Comparative Politics offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.

    Mathematical: All vectors and matrices should be shown in bold type. Avoid confusion between ambiguous characters and take care to ensure that subscripts and superscripts are clear. Numbers below 10 should be written out in the text unless used in conjunction with units (e.g. three apples, 4 kg).

    Full points (not commas) should be used for decimals.

    For numbers less than one, a nought should be inserted before the decimal point. Use spaces (not commas) within numbers (e.g. 10 000, 0.125 275). Equations should be numbered sequentially within each main section, e.g. (3.2) for the second equation in section 3, with labels on the right hand side of the page.

    This is easily done in LaTeX by inserting the following commands in the preamble

    4.3 Supplemental material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Asian Journal of Comparative Politics adheres to the Sage Harvard reference style. View the Sage Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the Sage Harvard EndNote output file

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Asian Journal of Comparative Politics is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized. 

    The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 Sage Production

    Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal Sage Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. 

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Asian Journal of Comparative Politics editorial office as follows:

    Dr Yuichi Kubota
    Policy Research Center
    University of Niigata Prefecture
    471, Ebigase, Higashi-ku, Niigata City,
    Niigata, Japan 950-8680

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