Philippines. Capital, Coercion, and Crime: Bossism in the Philippines, by. John T. Sidel. California: Stanford University Press, xii + US$, cloth. Capital, Coercion, and Crime: Bossism in the Philippines, by John T. Sidel, Stanford: Stanford University Press, East-West Center Series on Contemporary. Capital, coercion, and crime: bossism in the Philippines This book focuses on local bossism, a common political phenomenon where local.
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References ans this book Everyday Politics in the Philippines: Poverty and insecurity leave many voters vulnerable to clientelist, coercive, and financial pressure, and the state’s central role in capital accumulation provides the basis for local bosses’ economic empires and political machines.
Hutchcroft, University of Wisconsin, Madison. These contradictions have encouraged bossism in the Philippines, as well as in other countries. It is painfully obvious that bossism is highly damaging to Philippine society as a whole, at the very least because it corrupts electoral politics and hobbles the development of a truly representative democracy. And though he does not mention it explicitly, Sidel is obviously troubled by this phenomenon, as are most Filipinos at home and abroad. This leads him, unfortunately, crimee dismiss altogether the explanatory relevance of culture — an issue I address further anf.
Social Science Research on Sout heast A sia 5: The comparative examples presented in the final chapter do not conclusively reinforce his assertions, nor do they show that an alternative caapital apparatus or sequence of political and economic developments would have prevented the emergence of bosses.
Describe the connection issue. Sidel, John Bossism, coercion, and crime: Portrayals of a “weak state” captured by a landed oligarchy have similarly neglected the enduring institutional legacies of American colonial rule and the importance of state resources for the accumulation of wealth and power in the Philippines.
Moreover, bossism is found throughout the world and in modern history. Capital, Coercion, and Crime. The small-town dynasties of Cebu– 5.
Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Capital, Coercion, and Crime: But, seen from a capiyal perspective, it is clear that electoral democracy and bossism go hand-in-hand. SearchWorks Catalog Stanford Libraries. Browse related items Start at call number: Details and ordering information at Stanford University Press. Bossism in the Philippines, by John T.
Without acknowledging the local cultural context in which a state apparatus operates, the explanatory power of any political theory will be severely limited.
Essentialism need not be an issue if we can acknowledge that cultural models do shape material relations, but only within specific historical conditions of political and economic development. A highly centralized state apparatus composed entirely of un-elected persons hardly seems democratic.
Knowing this, it becomes entirely conceivable that some bosses remain in power simply because they are legitimately re-elected. Comparisons between bosses over successive historical periods ib the gradual transformation of bossism through capitalist development. Log In Sign Up. The district-level dynasties of Cebu– 6. Kerkvliet Limited preview – Ateneo de Manila University Press, This dependency, in turn, ensures that the Philippines will never rise above this post-colonial mire for as long as bossism remains entrenched.
Ruud, and Clarinda Still. Of course, whether or not any election is legitimate or truly democratic is debatable.
Comparisons between bosses over successive historical periods highlight the gradual transformation of bossism through capitalist development. This essentially means that elected officials acquired broad discretionary powers over all local resources law enforcement, taxes, local appointments, etc. Capital, Coercion, and Crime is a sober and detailed assessment of what may be the modern Philippine state’s most serious obstacle.
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Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. Yet writings on Filipino political culture and patron-client relations have ignored the role of coercion in shaping electoral competition and social relations. The contrast between single-generation gangster politicians in Cavite and enduring commercial dynasties in Cebu reveals variation in the forms of bossism that reflect variations in the local political economies of the two provinces. Although an electoral democracy allows bossism to fester, it can also be its downfall.
Remember me on this computer. No doubt we are shown only the tip of the iceberg, as a detailed pathology of any one of these provincial and small-town bosses would fill volumes.
Click here to sign up. In sum, Capital, Coercion, and Crime provides a comparative historical analysis of bossism, drawing conclusions of great interest not only to scholars of Southeast Asia but thhe students of comparative politics as well. Capital, coercion, and crime: The SmallTown Dynasties of Cebu.
Bossism and State Formation. Capital, Coercion, and Crime: Yet writings on Filipino political culture and patron-client relations have ignored the bosssim of coercion in shaping electoral competition and social relations.
By Oona Thommes Paredes The Bossiwm, as a Third-World, post-colonial nation, has its share of fairly serious political, economic, and social problems. Examples of bossism include Old Corruption in eighteenth-century England, urban political machines in the United States, caciques Eric Tagliacozzo Limited preview –