Political Economy Program

Political Economy Program

Convenor:
Antoinette R. Raquiza, Ph.D.
UP Asian Center

Co-Convenor:
Maria Dulce F. Natividad, Ph.D.
UP Asian Center

Over the past decade, the Philippines has risen to become one of the world’s fastest growing
economies, with growth rates averaging about six percent annually. Such growth, largely
linked to the booming global services economy, has greatly expanded the domestic
consumer market that, in turn, has propelled the domestic service sector forward. This
growth pattern has generated new wealth for commercial interests and higher incomes for
the middle class but has only marginally delivered on the development needs of the poor
majority. Thus, to unlock the full development potential of the current conjuncture, there is a
need to ensure structural transformation and equitable development.

The Political Economy Program (PEP) seeks to contribute to building the momentum for
development policies and programs that promote domestic production, higher productivity,
and the just distribution of development resources. It however also recognizes that such
initiatives often fall by the wayside due to factors such as lack of resources and public
awareness, policy gaps, vested interests, partisan politics, and the dominance of the free
market orthodoxy in policy circles. Partly to address these challenges, PEP strives to identify
or create spaces for critical engagement and cooperation of the academic and research
community, government, and industry and producer groups.

Objectives

The PEP aims to contribute to building the momentum for policy or institutional reforms, and has the following objectives:

To advance specific policy reforms through interdisciplinary problem-based research

  • To initiate industry and issue-based dialogues among policymakers, academe, business, and other stakeholders, and
  • To popularize the political economy framework in the national debates on policy options

Projects

Round Table Discussion Series on Industrial and Development Policies

The Round Table Discussion Series focuses on specific industries and special topics and is undertaken in partnership with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development, College of Science, and College of Engineering of UP Diliman and the participation of other campuses and units in the UP System. It provides a mechanism for multisectoral dialogues that would lead to a convergence of university outputs in terms of graduates and researches, and industry needs in the areas of policy, human capital development, and research and development.

PEP Fellows Project

The Fellows Project seeks to provide the space for and support to former government officials at the forefront of specific policy reforms to write policy papers that will be informed by their expertise and experience and help ensure policy continuity and levelling up. This project also aims to provide a platform for state reformers to share their ideas and learnings on policy formulation and implementation.

Plans for 2019

  1. 1.  Round Table Discussion Series on Industrial and Development Policies

Organize RDTS on the following industries and special topics:

  1. All Hands on Deck: the Shipbuilding Industry
  2. Automotive Industry
  3. Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises and Industrial Policy
  4. Health Care and the Pharmaceutical Industry
  5. Agri-Agra Reform Credit Law
  1.  Produce policy or discussion papers and other informational materials for each RTDS
  2.  Hold study sessions on “Introduction to Political Economy Theories”
  3. Sponsor an information session on resource mobilization and partnership-building for research institutes and civil society organizations