Book Launch: A Duterte Reader - Critical Essays on Rodrigo Duterte's Early Presidency


Hedley Bull Centre (130), Garran Road, ANU


Friday, 29 September, 2017 - 17:00 to 18:30

This event is co-organised by the Department of Political and Social Change, the Australian National University Filipino Association, and the Philippine Studies Group.

Short program starts at 5 pm, with a brief Q&A with the editor, Nicole Curato (University of Canberra) and contributors Ronald Holmes (Australian National University) and Emerson Sanchez (University of Canberra). 

Initial reviews of the book:

With essays by leading experts in diverse fields, this book offers a penetrating portrait of a volatile administration poised between a troubled past and an uncertain future. The research is thorough; the writing eloquent; and the insights myriad. This is critical reading for anyone who wishes to understand this perplexing moment in the ever-changing, ever-fascinating politics of the Philippines.

— Alfred W. McCoy, author of In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power

This book offers timely, incisive, and well-grounded analyses of the rise of Rodrigo Duterte from child of a crisis-prone postcolony wracked by intense intra-elite electoral competition, revolutionary challenges from various sectors of society, and authoritarian rule and top-down developmentalism to long-time mayor of Davao and first Mindanaoan president of the Philippines.

— Caroline S. Hau, author of Elites and Ilustrados in Philippine Culture

The irony doesn’t escape us: A Duterte Reader packs a lot of rigorous thinking into its pages to give coherence to a man who eschews rigor and downgrades facts. Still, public intellectuals cannot shirk from their civic duty to civilize the national conversation.

— Marites D. Vitug, author of Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court

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