From 'Daang Matuwid' Gone Crooked to 'Build Build Build': The Politics of Transport Infrastructure in the Philippines, 2010 to the Present

Lecture | April 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 John Sidel, Sir Patrick Gillam Chair in International and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Over the past decade, transport infrastructure has assumed increasing political prominence and significance in the Philippines as in other countries in Southeast Asia. But scholars have yet to subject this realm of policy and politics to critical scrutiny or comparative analysis. This lecture examines the political dynamics, institutional arrangements, and economic interests which have shaped the varied and shifting patterns of transport infrastructure policy and politics in the Philippines under the Aquino (2010-2016) and Duterte (2016 to the present) administrations.

John T. Sidel (Ph.D., Cornell) is the Sir Patrick Gillam Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is the author of Capital, Coercion, and Crime: Bossism in the Philippines (Stanford University Press, 1999), Philippine Politics and Society in the Twentieth Century: Colonial Legacies, Postcolonial Trajectories, with Eva-Lotta Hedman (Routledge, 2000), Riots, Pogroms, Jihad: Religious Violence in Indonesia (Cornell University Press, 2006), The Islamist Threat in Southeast Asia: A Reassessment (East-West Center, 2007), and a recent research paper, "Promoting Land Governance Reform in the Philippines, 2000-2017: Long-term Linkages, Legacies, and Lessons" (The Asia Foundation, 2017). He is currently completing a new book that examines the intellectual origins of Southeast Asian nationalist movements.

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