Consolidating democracy in the Philippines: Breaking monopolies of local power

Philippine local politics is an example of élite democracy. It is dominated by political families and clans, some of whom were active in politics as early as the turn of the twentieth century when the Americans first introduced elections in the Philippines. Throughout the history of Philippine democracy these political families have controlled local power by winning seats in the Philippine legislature and elective positions in local governments.

Related Subject(s): Democracy and Governance
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Countries: Philippines
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