Their master’s voice
Posted by akosistella on April 1, 2010
THE LONG VIEW
By Manuel L. Quezon III
IN “PRESIDENTIAL BANDWAGON: PARTIES and Party Systems in the Philippines,” Japanese scholar Yuko Kasuya set out to work on a problem. Here’s her own summary of what her work was about: “In the wake of democratization, one of the biggest challenges facing new governments is managing a smooth transition to democratic rule.” This was the specific problem Filipinos faced in 1986 after the dictatorship fell.
So Kasuya asked, “How can newly elected governments stabilize their hold on power and consolidate democratic processes?” Or, put another way, “Under what conditions might an apparently successful transition misfire?”
Kasuya “explores these questions by focusing on one of the most pressing issues in consolidating democracy: the stability of party politics.” And she also asks, why is it that “the party system changed from a stable two-party system to an unstable multi-party system in the aftermath of democratization in the Philippines”?
Click Manolo Quezon.