One of the biggest political problems in the Philippines is that most of the power rests with elite families. In addition, political parties there are weak.Continue Reading
One example of elite families holding power is the Ilocos Norte region, which in 2006 was under the continued control of the Marcos family. Although politicians attempt to promote policies, outside influences can prevent them. For example, President Ramos tried to promote birth control, but pressure from the Catholic Church prevented this. As a result, the Philippines population grows rapidly. In addition, presidents there serve single six-year terms. This, coupled with the lack of power behind politicians, means none seem able to fulfil their constitutions and implement policies.
There is a severe class divide in the Philippines. In contrast with the ruling elite, 25 percent of the country's population was unemployed as of 2006. As a result, many people leave the country to go and work. However, as there is no strong middle class, creating political stability is difficult. Because of the stark contrast between classes, Muslim and Communist rebellions are frequent.
Democracy in the Philippines is still a young concept. After abandoning sultanistic rule under the pressure of martial law in 1972, there was a power struggle within the country's subsequent Catholic leaders. The modern political system takes influence from the U.S. model, but is not entirely successful.Learn more about Politics
The ratification debate involved the following five issues: centralization of power, the powers granted to the executive branch, the Bill of Rights, the issue of slavery and whether the formation of the constitution was legal. The ratification of the United States Constitution triggered lively debates between Federalists and Anti-Federalists.Full Answer >
Jean-Claude Duvalier served as the president of Haiti from 1971, when he assumed power from his father, Francois, until 1986, when rioters forced him from office. The Haitian people called Jean-Claude "Baby Doc,” as a reference to his father’s nickname, which was "Papa Doc."Full Answer >
Particularly in democratic systems, public opinion has the power to mold or influence public policy through its exertion of pressure on elected or appointed officials, and those seeking to be elected to office. In extreme situations, public opinion results in people being placed or removed from positions of power and influence.Full Answer >
Common problems with Utilitarianism are that the doctrine is impossible, impractical, and also doesn't benefit minorities. Utilitarianism is a non-religious doctrine that is based on undergoing actions that add the greatest utility or benefit to the majority of the population. Utilitarianism was founded by Jeremy Bentham and the doctrine was further developed by John Stuart Mill.Full Answer >