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New Book: Localizing and Transnationalizing Contentious Politics: Global Civil Society Movements in the Philippines

31 Aug 2009



The Philippines makes an interesting case for examining direct and collective acts of contention against the neoliberal project of economic globalization. Crippled by foreign debt, indiscriminate liberalization of trade, falling stock markets, and perpetual corruption, the Philippines is also a democratic polity and one of the few countries in Asia with a vibrant and dynamic civil society sector. This collection has chapters on the Freedom from Debt Coalition's campaign on debt relief, the Stop-the-New-Round Coalition's advocacy to change international trade rules and barriers, the global taxation initiative as embodied in Tobin tax advocacy in the country, the Transparency and Accountability Network's anti-corruption effort, and the Philippine Fair Trade Forum's enterprise on fair trade.

Localizing and Transnationalizing Contentious Politics is the first work of its kind to focus on five global civil society movements in the Philippines and their responses to the inequities of neoliberal globalization. Northern scholars have acknowledged the persistent absence of the South in research on activism around global issues, and this book can help fill this gap. Using political process theory as a framework, the book traces the emergence, development and diffusion of these social movements in the Philippines. Globalization is taken as the environment in which they operate to highlight the role of increased interdependence and internationalization, and the predominance of a particular ideology in the dynamics of contention.

Notes to editors
  • The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) was created in 1963 and is an autonomous UN agency engaging in multidisciplinary research on the social dimensions of contemporary problems affecting development. Through its research, UNRISD stimulates dialogue and contributes to policy debates on key issues of social development within and outside the UN system.
  • Professor Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem is director of the Third World Studies Center of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy of the University of the Philippines Diliman, where she is also Professor of Political Science.
  • Contents:
    1- Introduction: Examining Global Civil Society Movements in the Philippines, T.S.E. Tadem
    2- More Than Debt Relief: Two Decades of the Freedom from Debt Coalition, J.F. Ariate Jr. and R.C. Molmisa
    3- Global Issues, Local Target: The Campaign against a New WTO Round in the Philippines, S.M. Quinsaat
    4- A Movement Whose Time Has Not Come: Philippine Social Movements and the Tobin Tax Agenda, R.C. Molmisa
    5- From North to South: Campaigning for Fair Trade in the Philippines, Z.M.D. Cabilo
    6- Campaigning against Corruption: The Case of the Transparency and Accountability Network, Ma.G.S. Lopez Wui
    7- Localizing and Globalizing Advocacies and Alternatives: A Comparative Analysis of Five Global Civil Society Movements (A Synthesis), T.S.E. Tadem
    8- Conclusion: Realities and Challenges for Philippine Global Civil Society Movements, T.S.E.Tadem

Localizing and Transnationalizing Contentious Politics: Global Civil Society Movements in the Philippines is co-published with Lexington Books; hardback; ISBN: 978-0-7391-3306-4; 314 pages; 2009; USD 85.00. Order from Lexington Books.