Dynastic Cycles: The Rise and Fall of Political Families in the Philippines, 1907-2019

Event details

PSC Seminar

Date & time

Tuesday 16 July 2019


PSC Reading Room 4.27, Hedley Bull Centre (130), Garran Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Professor Julio Teehankee


Maxine McArthur

This seminar is co-sponsored by the CAP Philippines Project

Political families in the Philippines have managed to maintain their dominance at local and national politics. They have utilized a wide array of adaptive strategies to ensure elite reproduction. However, they are not impervious to socio-economic change. A combination of agential and structural factors often contribute to the erosion of dominance of a political family. Despite their tenacious hold on political power, political clans also suffer from electoral setbacks and political misfortunes. Their ability to comeback and regain power largely depends on the depth of their social capital, the effective mobilization of resources and machinery, and their political astuteness. Hence, some political families who are defeated in elections can remain dormant for some time, only biding their time to reboot their political careers. Other families totally disappear from politics, only to be replaced by another dynasty. This presentation shall map the rise and fall of political families in the Philippines in four historical periods: colonial era (1907-1941); postwar era (1946-1972); authoritarian era (1972-1986); and post-authoritarian era (1986-2019).

About the Speaker
Julio Cabral Teehankee is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at De La Salle University where he served as Chair of the Political Science Department (1994-2007); Chair of the International Studies Department (2008-2013); and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts (2013-2017). He also served as President of the Philippine Political Science Association (2017-2019) and the Asian Political and International Studies Association (2009-2011). He completed his postdoctoral studies at the Graduate Schools of Law and Politics at the University of Tokyo, Japan and obtained his PhD in Development Studies from De La Salle University. He specializes in comparative politics of the Asia-Pacific, with a particular focus on issues of popular participation, governance, democratization, and contested institutions. Dr. Teehankee has published extensively on the topics of elections, party politics, and political dynasties. His current research includes presidentialism in Asia; comparative constitutional dynamics in East and Southeast Asia; and party-building the Pacific Islands. He appears regularly as a political analyst for local and international media outlets.

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