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Authoritarian Backlash and Neo-Liberalism: Six Years of the Duterte Administration(2021_2_40_005)


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is the sixth president since democratization in 1986, will finish his term in 2022. He has unique characteristics as a political leader. He has maintained a high approval rating of more than 80 percent, as he emphasizes “discipline” and “order,” taking advantage of people’s disappointment with traditional politics. He has exhibited authoritarian tendencies during his rule and has shifted the Philippines’ diplomatic stance from pro-America to pro-China. At the same time, his administration has maintained a liberal economic policy framework and has seemed profoundly interested in social issues, similar to past administrations. However, the effectiveness and outcome of his policies seem to be somewhat limited. We will assess the characteristics of this administration, which can be considered a political and diplomatic backlash to the Philippines’ post-democratization regime despite continuing the same economic and social policies. We will also attempt to explain why such an administration came to be and speculate about the implications for the Philippines after Duterte.


April 2021 - March 2023

Leader of the Research Project

Kawanaka, Takeshi


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