Bookclub seminar: From Aquino II to Duterte (2010–2018): Change, Continuity—and Rupture

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This seminar was recorded on Thursday 3 October at the Australian National University. Please do not reproduce without permission.

About the book

The Duterte administration is often considered a rupture in Philippines’ politics. Yet, how different is Duterte’s programme of change from the past governments, particularly from its predecessor, the Aquino II administration? Is there a shift in regime orientation and policy preferences from Aquino II to Duterte? What will this mean to the future direction of Philippine democracy, its economic development, peace and security, and relations with other countries?

This volume focuses on four critical areas—politics and governance; economic governance; Mindanao peace process; and international relations—to illustrate continuities or discontinuities in policies and governance of institutions to explain the dynamics of change in the Philippines. It pays particular attention to the crucial period between Aquino II and the early years of Duterte. The reason is that Aquino II represents an important period for rebuilding and consolidating institutions of governance and accountability after two previous tumultuous administrations. Yet Aquino II also demonstrates the inherent flaws of Philippine democracy and unravels the contradictory forces vying for state power that sets the scene for Duterte’s rise. Reflecting on the crucial transition period between the two presidencies, while also providing a much-needed update on the most noteworthy policy changes since Duterte’s inauguration, the book fills an important scholarly gap in understanding Asia’s oldest and most puzzling democracy.

About the speakers

Dr Imelda Deinla is a Fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University (ANU). She works on comparative studies on the rule of law and democracy in Southeast Asia and Philippines, as well as on legal hybridity and shari’ah, peacebuilding and women in post-conflict Mindanao, Philippines. She has been a law practitioner, worked on women’s rights and human rights advocacy in the Asia Pacific, and managed multi-year projects in the region. Imelda published The Development of the Rule of Law in ASEAN: the state and regional integration (Cambridge University Press 2017) and co-editor of the volume, From Aquino II to Duterte: change, continuity – and rupture (ISEAS 2019). Imelda holds a concurrent position as Project Director of the ANU Philippines Project, an academic and policy collaboration between Philippines and Australia.

Dr Björn Dressel is an Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the ANU. His research is concerned with issues of comparative constitutionalism, judicial politics and governance and public sector reform in Asia. He has published in a range of international journals, including Governance; Administration & Society; International Political Science Review, and Pacific Review. He is the editor of The Judicialization of Politics in Asia (Routledge, 2012) and co-editor of Politics and Constitutions in Southeast Asia (Routledge, 2016) and From Aquino II to Duterte: Continuity, Change–and Rupture (ISEAS 2019). You can follow him on twitter @BjoernDressel.

Hal Hill is the H.W. Arndt Professor Emeritus of Southeast Asian Economies at the ANU. His general research interests are the economies of ASEAN, including country case studies and thematic, comparative work; industrialization and foreign investment in East Asia; regional (sub-national) development; the economics of transition economies, and the political economy of development. Hal is the author or editor of 20 books and has written approximately 160 academic papers and book chapters. He is an occasional op-ed contributor to Australian and Asian newspapers, magazines and websites, and a radio/TV commentator. He has worked as a consultant for the Australian Government, the Indonesian Government, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and several United Nations agencies. He has held visiting academic appointments at Universities and Institutes in 10 countries, he serves on the editorial board of 14 academic journals, and he is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia. Hal is also currently president of the East Asian Economic Association.

Georgi Engelbrecht has been working in the Southern Philippines for the last seven years primarily on civilian protection and human rights/humanitarian law. He is a German national and has been assisting the European Union’s peace-building program in Mindanao as a member of the International Monitoring Team from 2016 onwards. In late September 2019 Georgi began working as a Senior Analyst with the International Crisis Group.

Peter Jennings worked on socio-economic development projects in Mindanao, the southern Philippines for 10 years from 1973 until 1983, during the Marcos era. Returning to Australia, he then worked for Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA, the international solidarity arm of the Australian trade union movement for 25 years. Since retirement, he is currently involved with justice issues in the Philippines, Timor Leste and Palestine.

Peter Murphy is currently Chairperson of the Global Council of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines. His background is in journalism and the trade union movement, where he is Secretary of Philippines Australia Union Link.

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