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Routledge handbook of the contemporary Philippines

Edited by: Mark R. Thompson , Eric Vincent C. Batalla

Print publication date:  February  2018
Online publication date:  February  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138892347
eBook ISBN: 9781315709215
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315709215
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Book description

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

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Clientelism revisited Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Patrons, bosses, dynasties, and reformers in local politics Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The political party system  Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Combating corruption Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The civil service Download PDF
Chapter  6:  House of clans Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Pork transmogrified Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Congress Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The presidency Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The judiciary under threat Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Civil-military relations Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Foreign relations between the Philippines and the United States Download PDF
Chapter  13:  From antagonistic to close neighbors? Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Towards strategic partnership Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Diaspora diplomacy  Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Bypassing industrial development Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Capital flight Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The changing configuration of capitalism Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Economic nationalism and its legacy Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Technocracy and class politics in policy-making Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The allure of Pantawid Pamilya  Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Informality and legality in women’s livelihoods in Baguio City Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Persistent poverty and elite-dominated policymaking Download PDF
Chapter  24:  From Pamilya to grasya  Download PDF
Chapter  25:  A syncretic culture Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Gender, nation, and Filipino Catholicism past and present Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Between rights protection and development aggression Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The resilience of the peasantry Download PDF
Chapter  29:  The middle class in society and politics Download PDF
Chapter  30:  NGOs in the post-Marcos era Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Crossovers double-crossed Download PDF
Chapter  32:  The left Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Trade unions Download PDF
Chapter  34:  The women’s movement Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Bangsamoro Secessionism Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Moro insurgency and third party mediation Download PDF
Chapter  37:  The problem with a national(ist) method Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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