Whither the Philippines in the 21st Century?

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Rodolfo C Severino, Lorraine Carlos Salazar
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2007 - Social Science - 370 pages
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Philippine observers are often baffled by the economic and political turmoil that dominates headlines about the country. Yet, at the same time, the Philippines continues to hold the potential for successfully combining political freedoms with sustained economic growth and, thus, improving the lives of its people. 


           In this book, a team of distinguished scholars examines these seemingly contradictory trends in order to gain a sense of the country's prospects. Reassessing the fascinating and puzzling "Philippines conundrum" from various angles, the analyses contribute sharp and fresh insights into a variety of areas including: the presidency and political parties; constitutional change and federalism; the roles of the military, religion, and the media in politics; the conflict in Mindanao; the communist insurgency; macroeconomic developments, issues, and trends; the investment climate and business opportunities; poverty, unemployment, and income inequality; migration and remittances; and the Philippine development record in comparative perspective. While the analyses offered in this volume do not arrive at a consensus, they provide a deeper perspective and a more balanced appreciation of events in the country and a glimpse of the prospects and challenges that it faces.

 

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Contents

AN OVERVIEW by Mely CaballeroAnthony
1
2 FROM REGIME CRISIS TO SYSTEM CHANGE by Joel Rocamora
18
3 PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE AND NATION BUILDING by Jose V Abueva
43
RETROSPECT AND PROSPECTS by Carolina G Hernandez
78
A LOOK AT THE PHILIPPINE EXPERIENCE by Grace GorospeJamon and Mary Grace P Mirandilla
100
A STUDY IN CONTRASTS AND CONTRADICTIONS by Melinda Quintos de Jesus
127
7 PHILIPPINE MACROECONOMIC ISSUES AND CHALLENGES by Gerardo P Sicat
142
8 INVESTMENT CLIMATE AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN THE PHILIPPINES by Peter Wallace
180
9 WHY DOES POVERTY PERSIST IN THE PHILIPPINES? FACTS FANCIES AND POLICIES by Arsenio M Balisacan
202
10 DIASPORA REMITTANCES AND POVERTY by Ernesto M Pernia
222
A COMPARATIVE ASSESSMENT by Hal Hill and Sharon Faye Piza
246
THE PARADOX OF MUSLIM SEPARATISM by Patricio N Abinales
277
13 THE INSURGENCY THAT WOULD NOT GO AWAY by Alexander R Magno
313
SUMMARY CONCLUSIONS AND ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS by Rodolfo C Severino
330
Index
347
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About the author (2007)

Rodolfo C. Severino, a former Philippine diplomat and former ASEAN Secretary-General, is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.


Lorraine Carlos Salazar is Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. 

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