Beyond Duterte: Conceptualizing a Research Agenda of Populism Research in the Philippines

In: Philippine Political Science Journal
Ronald A. Pernia Assistant Professor, Political Science Program, College of Social Sciences, University of the Philippines Cebu Cebu City Philippines
PhD Candidate, Institute of Political Science, National Sun Yat-sen University Kaohsiung Taiwan

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This article is an attempt to carve out a research agenda for an enriched populism research in the Philippines. Specifically, it analyzes journal articles drawn from academic database collections, examines its domains of publication, and core analytical approaches. Then, it situated these studies within the broader landscape of the Philippine political scholarship. The results suggest a thriving and flourishing populism research in the Philippines. Yet, it also suffers from the same theoretical and empirical obscurities that typifies global research on populism. The article contends that future Philippine populism studies must (a) adhere to a minimalist theoretical anchor, (b) be methodologically pluralistic and innovative, and (c) be thematically grounded on a host of other significant domains of Philippine politics that go beyond Duterte. Ultimately, the article urges prospective scholars to strongly engage with these arguments and suggested line of political inquiries in order to refine the scholarly enterprise of populism in the country.

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