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By Walden Bello, co-authored by Mary Lou Malig, Herbert Docena and Marissa de Guzman


The book the Anti-Development State: the political economy of permanent crisis in the Philippines was just released in Manila.
The book by Dr. Walden Bello and co authored by, Mary Lou Malig, Herbert Docena and Marissa de Guzman provides a convincing, if painful, explanation why the Philippines is mired in poverty at the beginning of the 21st century, and proposes a route out of the quagmire.

” though the book may be too harsh in its judgement of some well meaning economic managers of the country, it does argue convincingly that the markets and the private sector need to be governed and they cannot in any way substitute for bad governance and irresponsible government”
-Joseph Lim , Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP and former professor, UP School of Economics


” In shining their spotlight o­n the Philippines Bello and his associates illuminate the quagmire of elite democracy ushered in by ‘people power’. And they do so with verve and insight. Globally renowned as a scholar and activist o­n globalisation and peace, Bello is clearly o­n e of today’s great critical minds.”
-Robin Broad, associate Professor, School of International Studies, American university.


” this book offers a powerful indictment of the neoliberal economic policies pursued in the Philippines since the overthrow of Ferdinand marcos. The authors make a straightforward but compelling argument: the main obstacle to broad based development has not been too much state intervention in the economy nut rather too much inequality in the distribution of wealth and power.”
-James. Boyce, Professor of economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


The book is published by
The Department of Sociology,
Focus o­n the Global South.


To order,
Buyers in the Philippines may obtain copies of the book at all major outlets of National Book Store Or they may contact Focus’ Philippine office at (02) 433 0899

Buyers elsewhere should file their orders with Anvil Publishers at the following email address: [email protected]

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