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Anti-Development State

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Seven million Filipinos live or work abroad. One in five wants to emigrate. What has gone wrong in the 20 years since the popular ousting of President Marcos? In this analysis of the roots of failure, Walden Bello shows how the political system remains dominated by a competitive elite who oppose any significant attempts to address the country's huge social inequalities. T
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published October 7th 2005 by Zed Books
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The authors explain the Philippines' perceived failure to develop with a critique of neo-liberal economic and trade policies, in particular under Fidel Ramos. Specific topics covered in the book include agricultural land reforms (which failed repeatedly because of landlord resistance), privatisation and corruption. The chapters of the book are convincing, well researched and well written.

But I don't think neo-liberalism is sufficient to explain the country's development challenges. Other import
"While there are many good reasons to be proud of being Filipino, there remain deplorable realities happening in our society. Poverty, violence and politics, among others, continue to taint our nation and identity. Many have grown tired of the failed promises of elected officials saying they will make the country great. Some of us have even already given up, saying “wala nang pag-asa ang Pilipinas” with heavy sighs and downcast fists. We blame corruption, we blame our kababayans for their lack o ...more
Verna Luz
This book offers much enlightenment on the crisis the country faces today. A must-read for those who wish to understand the Philippine political and economic landscape. I must warn, though, that the way the arguments were presented is very convincing that the readers risk getting a biased opinion. I suggest that the readers must also explore similar books after reading this in order to get a more balanced view.
M De
happy to be part of the writing team!
Karlo Mikhail
actually a pretty decent exposition of the structural roots of the "permanent crisis" the Philippines is in
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