Ella Jane Dimasangcay
AB POSC II
Descriptive Analysis on Philippine Politics Today
Philippines, as a democratic country, adapts the libertarian culture that John Stuart Mill believes to be the best for achieving intellectual and social development. Every Filipino citizen is sovereign and free to do what he wants as long as he does not harm others. Mill’s proposed ways to obtain ‘social liberty’, which are having the political liberties and having the constitutional system are being exercised on the country. Philippine politics is curious and intriguing, interesting and entertaining—and particularly detestable as well as disgusting. Philippine politics is not simply for the vicious but also for the avaricious, not merely for those wanting to serve but the more so, for those wanting to be served much and well. Philippine politics is the origin of wonderful promises and as well as the cause of big disappointments productive of misery and poverty. Political economy of development emphasizes the role of elites in shaping the economic and political institutions that constitute the fundamental determinants of economic development. According to Acemoglu and Robinson, they emphasized that the way which elite persistence may undermine attempts to reform institutions, leading to “captured democracies” wherein economic institutions and policies disproportionately benefit the elite. Political dynasties, exemplify a particular form of elite persistence in which a single or few family groups monopolize political power. Political dynasties are common in many contemporary democracies such as Argentina, India, Japan, Mexico and the Philippines. The Philippines is a notable example of a dynastic democracy. More than half of elected Philippine congressmen and governors have a relative who has held elected office previously. In 40% of the 79 provinces, the provincial governor and congressman are related. It is the summit of...
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