"Building Inclusive Democracies in ASEAN" Book Launch
The "Building Inclusive Democracies in ASEAN" book was launched on the 10th of November 2015 during the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Philippine Economic Society Conference at the Legazpi Room, InterContinental Hotel, Makati City.
This book is the result of a seminal cross-institutional collaboration among researchers from the AIM Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness of the Asian Institute of Management, the Ateneo School of Government of Ateneo de Manila University, the College of Liberal Arts of De La Salle University, and the National College of Public Administration and Governance of the University of the Philippines Diliman. The specific goal of the research partnership, which started in 2011, is to co-produce and disseminate the latest research and evidence on political and economic reforms in the Philippines and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The launch was kicked off by a welcoming remark from Dr. Edilberto de Jesus who shared with the guests how the book started with a research idea of analyzing the impact of political dynasties. He was followed by a book overview by one of the editors and Executive Director of AIM Policy Center of Competitiveness, Dr. Ronald Mendoza. The launch also included short talks by esteemed contributors of the book. Dr. Cesi Cruz of the University of British Columbia discussed how vote secrecy is a key factor in maintaining the integrity of Philippine democracy. Meanwhile, Dr. Julien Labonne of Yale-NUS discussed the impact of the Conditional Cash Transfer program in the Philippine local politics. Finally, Dr. Wong Mun Loong of University of Nottingham, Malaysia discussed the relationship between social media, power, and democracy in Malaysia. The panel presentations were followed by a question and answer segment moderated by Mr. Leon Flores III, who was also a contributor of the book.
The landing website, buildinganinclusivedemocracy.org, was also introduced where the public can access more information about the book, use the interactive map, and download datasets on Philippine political dynasties. The launch was concluded with a book signing session with the book's editors and contributors. Students, academics, members of Civil Society Organizations, and government representatives were some of the guests during the event. Copies of the book were also sold during the launch at a discounted price.
"Building Inclusive Democracies in ASEAN" is published by Anvil Publishing, Inc., and is now available in all National Bookstore and Powerbooks branches.