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

Public Administration in the Philippines: Overcoming Post-Conflict Challenges

By Alex B. Brillantes Jr. and Maria Pilar M. Lorenzo


The role of public administration in post conflict situations in the Philippines can best be illustrated in the following situations: (1) at the national level, public administration as a discipline and as a practice played a key role in nation building and capacity development during the years after the second world war with the establishment of the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) in 1952; and (2) at the local and regional level, the imperative to build strong public administration institutions can best be seen in Southern Philippines – more popularly known as the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao – that has seen armed struggle since the 1970s by armed rebel Muslim minorities against the central government clamoring for autonomy to address the injustice and exploitation that they have experienced for over half a century. Efforts to address the rebellion ranged from outright military response to the establishment of public administration institutions founded on the principles of autonomy and subsidiarity to address the roots of the rebellion. 


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.

Photo by Mara Rivera from Unsplash

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