Kim, Yong Jae. 2018. “Issue Ownership and Electoral Rule: Empirical Evidence from Japan” Government and Opposition.

This article examines the effects of electoral systems on issue ownership. This study argues that electoral rules significantly affect issue ownership because they prompt candidates to adopt different types of electoral campaigns. Compared to the single non-transferable vote (SNTV) system, the mixed-member majoritarian (MMM) system prods candidates to change the pattern of electoral campaigns from candidate-centred to issue-centred competition. In particular, partisan issue effects are more effective in gaining votes under the MMM. To support the argument, I find evidence from content analyses of party manifestos and multinomial logistic regression models of electoral surveys between the pre-reform and post-reform elections in Japan.

Kim, Yong Jae. 2017. “Unsung Religious Politics after Korea’s Democratization: Analysis of Empirical EvidenceAsian Survey, 57 (6): 1159 – 1179.

This study explains why Buddhists, Protestants, and Catholics in Korea have shown different voting behavior since democratization. The study argues that the differing institutional adjustments of the major religions during the democratic transition affect believers’ electoral decisions. While Buddhists have supported conservative parties, Protestants and Catholics have changed their voting choices.