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Dennis Patterson Patterson, Ph.D.

Professor - Political Science

Dennis Patterson is a Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1995. His areas of specialization include comparative politics, politics in Japan and Asia, political institutions, security issues in East Asia, and statistical and formal methods. His work includes the book, The Japan that Never Was: Explaining the Rise and Decline of a Misunderstood Country (SUNY Press, 2004) as well as numerous book chapters and articles that have appeared in such Journals as the British Journal of Political ScienceWorld Politics,Comparative Political StudiesWomen and PoliticsAsian SurveyHarvard International Journal of Press/PoliticsJournal of the Asia-Pacific Economy, and Pacific Focus. He is currently working on a project that involves a new method to evaluate party nomination decisions under SNTV electoral systems and another project that involves a study of the political attitudes and behavior of Muslim Americans with data taken from surveys of mosques in the United States.

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Free to Exchange Episode 6

In this episode from December 22nd, 2014, Benjamin Powell speaks with Texas Tech professor Dennis Patterson about the rise, fall, and stagnation of Japan's economy.


Lowering the Voting Age in Japan