The Philippine Experience in Transition

The “people power revolution” of 1986 represented a landmark in East Asian democratization and remains remarkably relevant to transitions occurring today. Dr. Jesus Estanislao – a government leader during the early stages of democratic transition and subsequently a leader in civil society – shares vital lessons in consolidating transition, launching economic reform, and building the institutions of democratic governance. This article is based on remarks by Dr. Estanislao delivered at a CIPE Middle East and North Africa workshop in March 2012. CIPE has worked with two institutes chaired by Dr. Estanislao: the Institute for Solidarity in Asia since 2004 and the Institute of Corporate Directors since 2007.

Article at a glance:

  • The experience of the Philippines can be instructive to countries currently undergoing their own democratic transitions.
  • Citizenship in a democracy requires responsibility. Rights and privileges must be accompanied by a sense of duty and social responsibility.
  • Democratic governance is a process of empowerment and participation. The people and the government both must be invested in pursuing good outcomes.
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