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Routledge Handbook of the Contemporary Philippines

1st Edition

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


474 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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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


Part I: Domestic Politics

  1. Clientelism Revisited, Masataka Kimura
  2. Patrons, Bosses, Dynasties, and Reformers in Local Politics, John T. Sidel
  3. Party and Party System Institutionalization, Allen Hicken
  4. Combating Corruption, Jon S. T. Quah
  5. The Civil Service: Weaknesses and Constructive Informal Practices, Rupert Hodder
  6. House of Clans: Political Dynasties in the Legislature, Julio C. Teehankee
  7. Pork Transmogrified: The Unending Story of Particularistic Spending, Ronald D Holmes
  8. Congress: Separate but not Equal, Diana J Mendoza and Mark R Thompson
  9. The Presidency: a Relational Approach, Mark R Thompson
  10. The Judiciary under Threat, Eric Vincent C Batalla, Michelle Sta. Romana, and Karen Rodrigo
  11. Civil-Military Relations: Norming and Departures, Rosalie Arcala Hall
  12. Part II: Foreign Relations

  13. Continuity despite Change: Foreign Relations between the Philippines and the United States, Howard Loewen
  14. From Distant to Antagonistic Neighbor: 21st Century Philippine-China Relations, Renato Cruz de Castro
  15. Towards Strategic Partnership: Philippines-Japan Relations after Seventy Years, Dennis D. Trinidad
  16. Diaspora Diplomacy, Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III
  17. Part III: Economics and social policy

  18. Bypassing Industrial Development: the Economy since the Lost Decade, Eric Vincent C. Batalla
  19. Capital Flight, Edsel L. Beja Jr.
  20. The Changing Configuration of Capitalism, Antoinette R. Raquiza
  21. Economic Nationalism and its Legacy, Yusuke Takagi
  22. Technocracy and Class Politics in Policy-Making, Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem
  23. The Allure of Pantawid Pamilya: The Conditional Cash Transfer Program, Ma. Victoria R. Raquiza
  24. Informality and Legality in Women’s Livelihoods in Baguio City, B. Lynne Milgram
  25. Persistent Poverty and Elite-dominated Policymaking, David G. Timberman
  26. From Pamilya to Grasya: Microfinance, Asuncion Sebastian
  27. Part IV: Cultures and Movements

  28. A Syncretic Culture, Paul A. Rodell
  29. Gender, Nation and Filipino Catholicism past and present, Coeli Barry
  30. Between Rights Protection and Development Aggression: Indigenous Peoples, Oona Paredes
  31. The Resilience of the Peasantry, Eduardo C. Tadem
  32. The Middle Class in Society and Politics, Temario C. Rivera
  33. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the post-Marcos Era, Gerard Clarke
  34. Crossovers Double-Crossed: NGOs, Semi-Clientelism, and Political Reform, Ben Reid
  35. The Left: Struggling to Make a Comeback, Nathan Quimpo
  36. Trade Unions: Free but Weak, Carmel Veloso Abao
  37. The Women’s Movement: Policy Issues, Influence and Constraints, Diana Mendoza
  38. Bangsamoro Secessionism, Rizal G. Buendia
  39. Moro Insurgency and Third Party Mediation, Bruce E. Barnes
  40. The Problem with the National(ist) Method, Patricio N. Abinales

About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies