The role of political exiles in democratic transitions : the case of the Philippines

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-86
Journal / PublicationJournal of Developing Societies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


Based on personal interviews and secondary sources, this essay examines the role of US-based Filipino opposition in the struggle for democratic transition in the Philippines since 1972. The authors take a theoretical and comparative approach in evaluating the function of anti-Marcos exiles in challenging the dictator's attempts to consolidate his regime, and in contesting Marcos' legitimacy abroad. In conclusion, they offer some suggestive observations for further studies regarding the contribution of exiled dissidents to the unfolding of democratic regime changes. -Authors