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Routledge Handbook of the Contemporary Philippines

Thompson, Mark R.
Batalla, Eric V.

978 1 138 89234 7
List price(s):
210.00 USD
175.00 GBP

Publication date:
28 February 2018

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The Philippines is a fascinating example of a poor country democracy where issues of economic development and poverty, political participation and stability, as well as ethnicity and migration are crucial. The Routledge Handbook of the Contemporary Philippines provides a comprehensive overview of the current political, economic, social, and cultural issues of the country. The Handbook is divided into the following four sections concentrating on a different aspect of the Philippines: domestic politics; foreign relations; economics and social policy; cultures and movements. In terms of domestic politics, chapters discuss clientelism, bossism, dynasties, pork barrel and corruption as well as institutions - the presidency, congress, the judiciary, the civil service, political parties, and civilian-military relations. The Philippines is confronted with many overseas challenges, with the foreign relations section focused on the country's relationship with China, Japan, and the USA as well as assessing the impact of the Filipino diaspora community around the world. Regarding economics and social policy, authors examine industrial policy, capital flight, microfinance, technocracy, economic nationalism, poverty, social welfare programs, and livelihoods. The final section on Philippine cultures and movements highlights issues of customs, gender, religion, and nationalism while also examining various social and political forces - the peasantry, the middle class, indigenous peoples, NGOs, the left, trade unionism, the women's movement, and major insurgencies. Written by leading experts in the field, the Handbook provides students, scholars, and policymakers of Southeast Asia with an interdisciplinary resource on the evolving politics, society, and economics of the Philippines.

Table of contents: 

Introduction Part I: Domestic Politics Clientelism Revisited, Masataka Kimura Patrons, Bosses, Dynasties, and Reformers in Local Politics, John T. Sidel Party and Party System Institutionalization, Allen Hicken Combating Corruption, Jon S. T. Quah The Civil Service: Weaknesses and Constructive Informal Practices, Rupert Hodder House of Clans: Political Dynasties in the Legislature, Julio C. Teehankee Pork Transmogrified: The Unending Story of Particularistic Spending, Ronald D Holmes Congress: Separate but not Equal, Diana J Mendoza and Mark R Thompson The Presidency: a Relational Approach, Mark R Thompson The Judiciary under Threat, Eric Vincent C Batalla, Michelle Sta. Romana, and Karen Rodrigo Civil-Military Relations: Norming and Departures, Rosalie Arcala Hall Part II: Foreign Relations Continuity despite Change: Foreign Relations between the Philippines and the United States, Howard Loewen From Distant to Antagonistic Neighbor: 21st Century Philippine-China Relations, Renato Cruz de Castro Towards Strategic Partnership: Philippines-Japan Relations after Seventy Years, Dennis D. Trinidad Diaspora Diplomacy, Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III Part III: Economics and social policy Bypassing Industrial Development: the Economy since the Lost Decade, Eric Vincent C. Batalla Capital Flight, Edsel L. Beja Jr. The Changing Configuration of Capitalism, Antoinette R. Raquiza Economic Nationalism and its Legacy, Yusuke Takagi Technocracy and Class Politics in Policy-Making, Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem The Allure of Pantawid Pamilya: The Conditional Cash Transfer Program, Ma. Victoria R. Raquiza Informality and Legality in Women's Livelihoods in Baguio City, B. Lynne Milgram Persistent Poverty and Elite-dominated Policymaking, David G. Timberman From Pamilya to Grasya: Microfinance, Asuncion Sebastian Part IV: Cultures and Movements A Syncretic Culture, Paul A. Rodell Gender, Nation and Filipino Catholicism past and present, Coeli Barry Between Rights Protection and Development Aggression: Indigenous Peoples, Oona Paredes The Resilience of the Peasantry, Eduardo C. Tadem The Middle Class in Society and Politics, Temario C. Rivera Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the post-Marcos Era, Gerard Clarke Crossovers Double-Crossed: NGOs, Semi-Clientelism, and Political Reform, Ben Reid The Left: Struggling to Make a Comeback, Nathan Quimpo Trade Unions: Free but Weak, Carmel Veloso Abao The Women's Movement: Policy Issues, Influence and Constraints, Diana MendozaBangsamoro Secessionism, Rizal G. Buendia Moro Insurgency and Third Party Mediation, Bruce E. Barnes The Problem with the National(ist) Method, Patricio N. Abinales


Mark R. Thompson is Professor and Head, Department of Asian and International Studies and Director of the Southeast Asia Research Centre at the City University of Hong Kong. Eric Vincent C. Batalla is Professor and Chair of Political Science at De La Salle University, Philippines.




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