(2018), No 6, Issue 1


Political Parties, Municipalities Regulations, and Startups: Abenomics in Japan


Hideyuki NAKAGAWA, Hiroyuki SHIBUSAWA and Fiona SUSSAN

Pages: 42-57


Abstract  ǀ  full text


Research on entrepreneurial ecosystems (EE) needs to be more contextual; the change of political party dominance is one such contextual situation. Political party dominance impacts national policies that directly influence the actions of regional and local government. Using Abe’s win in Japan’s December 2012 election as the main political event, this paper investigates the relationship between local regulations and entrepreneurial activities and proposes that Abenomics is more favorable to EE. Specifically, startup rates for more than 1900 municipalities for two time periods, 2009 to 2012, and 2012 to 2014, were collected alongside with data from each municipality passing a promotional regulation for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Multiple regression results support the hypothesis that the Abenomics period (2012–2014) experienced better EE. The findings of this study shed light on the relationship between political party dominance and EE.


Entrepreneurial ecosystem, election, municipal government, regulations, Japan.


Citing Literature

Hideyuki Nakagawa, Hiroyuki Shibusawa and Fiona Sussan, Political Parties, Municipalities Regulations, and Startups: Abenomics in Japan, Journal of Global Politics and Current Diplomacy, (2018), No 6, Issue 1: 42-57.




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