Seiyukai was the more conservative of the two prewar Japanese parties. While both parties were to some extent democratic, neither was especially liberal. Seiyukai's core strength came from the government and from the financial sector. Its policies were focused on restoring social order and harmony, rather than individual rights. "
Party politics of the time was rooted in a realistic quest for power rather than in an idealistic pursuit of ideological goals. In the case of Seiyukai, it was aimed at reducing hanbatsu (clique) governments. and replacing them with cabinets based on party.
- Ronald P. Loftus, H381 "Imperial Democracy", Willamette University