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COVID-19 and Strongman Rule in the Philippines

Abstract : Jacques Rupnik’s article on Viktor Orban in Hungary has shown how tempting the opportunity provided by the COVID-19 pandemic has been for autocrats to entrench their rule, especially when they are governing within the context of dysfunctional democracies. In general terms, dealing with the pandemic has seen governments worldwide being given extended emergency powers, thus limiting the power of their legislative and judicial branches of the state, and also, limiting civil liberties, as well as expanding executive control of resources. Yet, at the same time, responses to the pandemic also reveal the particular characteristics of democratically elected autocratic power and the existence, or not, of the checks and balances required for blocking its descent into rule of a more authoritarian kind. The action of President Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte — aka ‘The Punisher’ or ‘Duterte Harry’ —would seem to suggest that in Southeast Asia, as in Central Europe, the pandemic has generated political repercussions of a possibly enduring nature.
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David, Frederic Camroux. COVID-19 and Strongman Rule in the Philippines. Les Dossiers du CERI, CERI, 2020. ⟨hal-03570764⟩

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