Book Chapter: Public Administration in the Philippines: Overcoming Conflict and Post-Conflict Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan)

Public Administration in the Philippines: Overcoming Post-Conflict Challenges

Alex B. Brillantes Jr. and Maria Pilar Lorenzo


Philippine Public Administration, as a discipline and a practice, has played a key role in institution building and capacity development over the years. This has been true even during conflict and post-conflict periods. The first part of this paper provides an overview to the topic and proceeds to the contemporary Philippine government structure by giving particular attention to its three co-equal branches. The chapter subsequently delves into how conflict situations have affected Philippine Public Administration by discussing it through an inter-state and intra-state conflict that the country has confronted with through different periods of its history. The first case discusses the various public reorganization initiatives within the ambit of the inter-state backdrop of post-World War II reconstruction. The second case tackles how public administration mechanisms and institutions have been designed and set up as a response to an intra-state conflict in the Southern Philippines, or more popularly known as the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, that has seen armed struggle since the 1970s brought about by the Muslim minorities’ rebellion against the central government.


Brillantes, A. & Lorenzo, M.P. (forthcoming). Philippine Public Administration. In J. Nemec, P.S. Reddy & M. de Vries (Eds.) Public Administration in Conflict-Affected Countries. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

This publication is in collaboration with the International Institute of Administrative Sciences.

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