Ronald Mendoza - updates

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29% of local posts now occupied by 'fat' political dynasties

Sep 14, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Ateneo School of Government Dean Ronald Mendoza says political dynasties with members simultaneously occupying more than one elective post have grown by about 1% per election period since 1988

Party switching: 'Perversion' of political system

May 11, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The party-switching culture, academics say, are unhealthy in a democracy. Proposed changes to the Constitution attempt to curb this.

[OPINION] Abolishing term limits will entrench dynasties

Mar 24, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Simply removing term limits at this point will secure the political foothold of many already fat political dynasties

[ANALYSIS] The real score on foreign direct investments

Nov 02, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Evidence suggests that ours is a generally healthy economy, posting impressive growth, but carrying some structural flaws

Professors, scholars launch signature campaign vs constituent assembly

Jul 13, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) With at least 79 signatories as of 7 am of July 14, the manifesto also condemns talks of cancelling the 2019 elections

The members of the 17th congress vote on the House Bill 4727 or the Death Penalty Bill during the on the 3rd and final reading at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on March 7, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bangsamoro region will fail if dynasties are not banned, lawmakers told

Feb 15, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Ateneo School of Government dean Ronald Mendoza says 3 out of the 5 poorest provinces in the country are in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and have a high share of 'fat dynasties'

BBL. Ateneo School of Government Dean Ronald Mendoza says there is a need for an anti-dynasty provision in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law or else it would be another failure just like the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Experts suggest compromise for Congress: Regulate, not ban, dynasties

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Having family members in office all at the same time could be prohibited, while having family members serving one after another could be allowed

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Duterte infra: Bigger, more imperial and China-linked

Jul 30, 2017 - 1:00 PM

With increased ambition could there also be more risk?

BUILD, BUILD, BUILD. Workers are seen on scaffolding at a construction site for an expressway in Manila on March 8, 2017. Noel Celis/AFP

Why you should care about ASEAN integration

Apr 26, 2017 - 9:15 AM

From working or studying abroad to traveling more overseas to having a better job these are ways the ASEAN integration can personally affect you

PH needs strong institutions to overcome 'trust deficit'

Jan 21, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Ateneo School of Government dean Ronald Mendoza says people need to trust in their leaders and institutions for reforms to take root

INSTITUTING REFORMS. Ateneo School of Government dean Ronald Mendoza says people need to trust in their leaders and institutions for reforms to take root. Rappler photo

'Narconomics': Lessons for the Philippines' war vs drugs

Jul 09, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Lowering the age of criminality in the Philippines should be reconsidered Throwing children in jail cells with hardened criminals may actually strengthen drug lords’ ability to recruit fresh talent – hardening youth who could have otherwise been saved from a life of crime and drugs

Tax cuts as campaign promise? Overhaul tax system, economists say

Apr 23, 2016 - 9:00 AM

While two presidential candidates promise outright tax exemptions economists say a comprehensive overhaul is more sustainable and feasible

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#PHVote: The rise of 'fat dynasties'

Apr 14, 2016 - 10:45 AM

In a forum organized by the Ateneo School of Government experts say political dynasties are one of the reasons why economic growth remains slow

PATRONAGE SYSTEM. Dr Ronald Mendoza, incoming dean of the Ateneo School of Government, says patronage politics is one of the reasons why political dynasties thrive. Photo by Charles Salazar/ Rappler

5 candidates with only 1 policy platform?

Mar 19, 2016 - 7:55 PM

The presidential candidates’ policy positions indicate a surprising degree of similarity on many fronts

Senator Nancy Binay, you got it wrong

Jun 18, 2015 - 3:50 PM

Citizens reaction to Senator Nancy Binay statement reflects a growing concern over the threat to meritocracy in our political system

Economic competitiveness under Aquino

May 28, 2015 - 11:29 AM

The Philippines has effectively arrested its historical decades long decline Now is the time for greater ambition as well as policies and investments to bring the Philippines to the next level

Is the LTFRB Uber-reacting?

Nov 02, 2014 - 7:45 AM

A better understanding of the economics of the taxi industry suggests that LTFRB may be targeting the wrong issue here

Uber car driver. File/Rappler

Urban decay threatens hot Philippine economy

Oct 12, 2014 - 1:28 PM

Many infrastructure projects take up 3 administrations to finish and with Aquino s term in its last stretch an expert says a multi administration plan is needed to solve infrastructure woes

URBAN DECAY. Experts say infrastructure development in the Philippines must keep up with the growing economy to sustain growth. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

#SONA2014: Join the conversation

Jul 28, 2014 - 11:48 AM

Be a part of SONA2014 through Rappler s online conversation and live blog beginning 2pm of July 28 Monday Philippine Standard Time


Feb 04, 2014 - 10:45 AM

All of Asia must address inequality in its various forms Otherwise prepare for more democrazy


Matuwid na Daan: Just another bubble?

Dec 15, 2013 - 10:58 AM

Are we winning the fight against corruption? And if so how can we sustain this beyond 2016?


IN PHOTOS: Music, beauty and red carpet fashion in Luxewear

Nov 01, 2013 - 12:10 AM

Summer black tie events will see sexy sporty flowy and colorful creations

STRONG AND STYLISH. Sam Pinto in Jerome Salaya Ang in the Cream Silk segment of Luxewear. All photos for Rappler by Jory Rivera

Just let the people decide

Jun 06, 2013 - 1:16 PM

The voice of the people actually leans toward change but the choices are very much limited

PH income below investment grade countries' average

Mar 30, 2013 - 8:19 AM

Despite upgrading the Philippines to investment grade Fitch Ratings notes that incomes remains below the average

LOW SALARY. PH salaries are still below average. Photo by AFP

People power or dynasty power?

Feb 17, 2013 - 9:03 AM

What causes concern here is that political dynasties in the Philippines thrive in regions with relatively higher poverty lower human development and more severe deprivation

Dissecting the vote on the RH bill

Jan 12, 2013 - 8:13 AM

The results are striking given that the regions that may need this law the most at least according to the economic argument and evidence may actually have less solons supporting the bill

Daring greatly

Jan 03, 2013 - 11:17 AM

Much needed reforms need to ensure citizens’ empowerment through freedom of information the promotion of free and fair competition policy and the implementation of investment incentives

Chinese army speaks on Scarborough standoff

Apr 27, 2012 - 6:51 AM

The Chinese army vows to ensure the country s maritime rights and interests

DEPLOYING ARMY. Will China deploy a warship to the disputed Scarborough Shoal?

South China Sea: The heavy price of conflict

Apr 26, 2012 - 5:48 PM

If they would contemplate conflict decision makers should also consider its costs Any conflict in this region will cost the countries involved the Asian region and the world dearly

Ronald U. Mendoza, PH.D.

Dynasties in democracies: The political side of inequality

Mar 12, 2012 - 8:49 AM

Either poor people continue to vote for political dynasties or dynasties continue to frustrate poverty reduction efforts

Mathematics and economic pie

Feb 28, 2012 - 3:23 PM

Growth targets are not enough We need a more inclusive market economy