Winner of the Philippine National Book Award, this pioneering volume reveals how the power of the country's family-based oligarchy both derives from and contributes to a weak Philippine state. From provincial warlords to modern managers, prominent Filipino leaders have fused family, politics, and business to compromise public institutions and amass private wealthaa historic pattern that persists to the present day. Edited by Alfred W. McCoy, An Anarchy of Families explores the pervasive influence of the modern dynasties that have led the Philippines during the past century. Exemplified by the OsmeApas and Lopezes, elite Filipino families have formed a powerful oligarchyacontrolling capital, dominating national politics, and often owning the media. Beyond Manila, strong men such as Ramon Durano, Ali Dimaporo, and Justiniano Montano have used aguns, goons, and golda to accumulate wealth and power in far-flung islands and provinces. In a new preface for this revised edition, the editor shows how this pattern of oligarchic control has continued into the twenty-first century, despite dramatic socio-economic change that has supplanted the classic athree g'sa of Philippine politics with the contemporary afour c'saacontinuity, Chinese, criminality, and celebrity.Winner of the Philippine National Book Award, this pioneering volume reveals how the power of the countrya#39;s family-based oligarchy both derives from and contributes to a weak Philippine state.
|Title||:||An Anarchy of Families|
|Author||:||Alfred W. McCoy|
|Publisher||:||Univ of Wisconsin Press - 2009-01|