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Costing Populist Policies

21 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2017  

Ronald U. Mendoza

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Michael Ilagan

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Miann Sombise Banaag

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Ivyrose Baysic

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government; Asian Institute of Management

Date Written: April 30, 2017

Abstract

In many countries were populism has taken hold, focus on quicker yet ultimately unsustainable policy shortcuts gave rise to canonical populism that has led to policy failure and crises. This note analyzes three policy cases in the Philippines which appear to reflect populist tendencies, defined simply by its redistributive yet potentially unsustainable characteristics. It aims to reveal not simply the cost of these policies, but also the need to think of structural and institutional reforms that address the root causes of the risks and challenges. Ultimately, populism appears to be trumped by evidence on policies that actually work more effectively.

Keywords: Populist Policies Populism

Suggested Citation

Mendoza, Ronald U. and Ilagan, Michael and Banaag, Miann Sombise and Baysic, Ivyrose, Costing Populist Policies (April 30, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3040451

Ronald Mendoza

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

Katipunan Road
Loyola Heights
Quezon City, 1108
Philippines

Michael Ilagan

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

Pacifico Ortiz Hall, Fr. Arrupe Road
Social Development Complex, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Manila 1108
Philippines

Miann Banaag (Contact Author)

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

Pacifico Ortiz Hall, Fr. Arrupe Road
Social Development Complex, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Manila 1108
Philippines

Ivyrose Baysic

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

Pacifico Ortiz Hall, Fr. Arrupe Road
Social Development Complex, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Manila 1108
Philippines

Asian Institute of Management ( email )

123 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines

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