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“Political and Social Foundations for Reform: Anti-Corruption Strategies for the Philippines” a New Report by Dr. Michael Johnston Launches in Washington, DC

Washington, DC, October 7, 2011 — On Wednesday, October 5th, Dr. Michael Johnston, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science at Colgate University, launched his report “Political and Social Foundations for Reform: Anti-Corruption Strategies for the Philippines” at an event co-sponsored by The Asia Foundation and CSIS’s Hills Program on Governance. The Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States, the Honorable Jose Ciusia Jr., and the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, the Honorable Kurt Campbell, provided commentary on Dr. Johnston’s presentation.  Dr. Johnston’s approach emphasizes “the middle- to long-term reworking of the nation’s political system in order to strengthen the demand and incentives for accountable, effective government.” Framing corruption in terms of fighting poverty, consolidating anti-corruption responsibilities, speeding up the anti-corruption court, supporting reform-minded bureaucrats, electing Senators directly, and simplifying the tax code are a few of the many recommendations put forth in the report. While these reforms will benefit the fight against corruption, Dr. Johnston emphasized that “the strongest anti-corruption force in society will be the Philippine people themselves.”

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