‘Reform’ Coalitions


Thus, whether a reform coalition has an effective strategy to gain access or to form alliances with important policymakers may be a deciding factor for a coalition’s ultimate success in achieving the reforms sought. President Arroyo in the Philip - pines, for example, was courted by heads of various industry associations, cabinet secretaries, and local government executives to engage in a reform coalition aimed at developing a more efficient cargo transportation scheme between the islands. The reformers collectively wrote to the President regarding the matter and also targeted their message to the administration. “Knowing the Arroyo administration’s concern for Mindanao’s development, the reformers made sure that the issue was always raised and included in the resolutions of any major conference in Mindanao” (Basilio 2011: 28). Ultimately the strategy worked; the evidence strongly suggests that the President became a crucial reform coalition member, acted in the coalition’s favour by issuing needed executive reforms and, by some accounts, became the lead public ‘salesperson’ for the reforms (Basilio 2011: 28).

Source InstitutionWorld Bank
Source URLhttp://siteresources.worldbank.org/EASTASIAPACIFICEXT/Images/226299-1251872399239/ReformCoalitions%5B1%5D.pdf
Page Count49
Place of PublicationPasig City
Original Publication DateMay 1, 2012