From Fat to Obese: Political Dynasties after the 2019 Midterm Elections

ATENEO SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT WORKING PAPER SERIES, September 2019, 19-013

16 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2019

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Ronald U. Mendoza

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Leonardo M. Jaminola

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Jurel Yap

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Date Written: September 1, 2019

Abstract

How did political dynasties fare in the 2019 midterm elections? This paper extends and analyzes the Ateneo Policy Center’s political dynasties dataset, covering the period from 1988 to 2019. It finds evidence that over the past 30 years (or 10 election periods), political dynasties have become fatter. Covering all local positions, the percentage of fat dynasties has increased from 19% in 1988 to 29% in 2017, growing at about 1%, or around 170 positions, per election period. In 2001, there were 1303 political clans with 2 family members, 257 political clans with 3 family members, and 157 political clans with 4 or more family members. These numbers have risen to 1443, 335 and 189, respectively, in 2010, and to 1548, 339, and 217, respectively in 2019. It is clear that fat political dynasties continue their domination and expansion in the Philippine political landscape; and this has serious implications on the state of competition in Philippine politics, governance and ultimately development outcomes.

Keywords: political dynasty, business dynamism, poverty, Philippines, elections

JEL Classification: D70, I39, O53

Suggested Citation

Mendoza, Ronald U. and Jaminola, Leonardo and Yap, Jurel, From Fat to Obese: Political Dynasties after the 2019 Midterm Elections (September 1, 2019). ATENEO SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT WORKING PAPER SERIES, September 2019, 19-013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3449201 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3449201

Ronald U. Mendoza

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

Katipunan Road
Loyola Heights
Quezon City, 1108
Philippines

Leonardo Jaminola (Contact Author)

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

Katipunan Ave
Quezon City, Manila 1108
Philippines

Jurel Yap

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

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