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Popular Demand for Strongman Rule? Reflections on the 2022 Philippine Election

A conversation with Duncan McCargo. Hosted by Mai Van Tran

What enabled the 2022 electoral victory of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of a dictator that the historic People Power Revolution ousted 36 years ago? To what extent did the campaign of Bongbong Marcos’ main rival, Leni Robredo, represent a progressive alternative? Do the election results reflect a larger phenomenon of “illiberal turn” across electoral regimes in Asia and beyond? What are at stake now that the Marcos-Duterte duo will once again govern the Philippines together? In this episode, Prof. Duncan McCargo, Director of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, joins Dr. Mai Van Tran, a postdoc at the institute, to discuss his experience being an election observer on the ground and his reflections on the electoral campaigns, dynastic politics, Gen Z voters, and future political scenarios.

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