Title

Electing a strongman

College

College of Liberal Arts

Department/Unit

International Studies

Document Type

Article

Source Title

Journal of Democracy

Volume

27

Issue

4

First Page

125

Last Page

134

Publication Date

10-1-2016

Abstract

With a folksy style and tough-guy image,Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte promised to restore peace and order by any means necessary. Following his surprise victory in the May 2016 elections,Duterte has kept his word,launching the promised anti-drug campaign that saw nearly 1,800 extrajudicial killings within Duterte's first seven weeks in office. Thirty years after the “people power” revolution against the Marcos dictatorship,Duterte's victory represents a rupture in the liberal-democratic regime,and suggests that many Filipinos are willing to reject aspects of democracy they consider inconvenient or ineffective in exchange for Marcos-era “discipline” and stability. © 2016 National Endowment for Democracy and Johns Hopkins University Press.

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Digitial Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1353/jod.2016.0068

Disciplines

Political Science

Keywords

Rodrigo Roa Duterte, 1945-; Philippines—Politics and government—1986-; Extrajudicial executions--Philippines

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