About the Book

This book is the result of a seminal cross-institutional collaboration among researchers from the AIM Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness (formerly the AIM Policy Center) 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 specific focus of the initiative encompasses the political economy of reforms—that is, essentially, the nexus of economic and political factors that shape the possibilities for enhancing and sustaining institutional reforms with the underlying argument that the very functioning of both democracy and market economy could be at risk without such reforms. The broader goal of the partnership is to leverage the researchers’ expertise to the much wider practice of policymaking, spanning the areas of governance, anti-corruption, and institutional reforms, in order to spur a stronger understanding notably among reform advocates, development practitioners and the youth on the most effective strategies and tools to build a more inclusive democracy and a more competitive market economy.