The goal in my teaching is to make my students fall in love with political science by making them realize its awesome explanatory power. At its best, political science can help explain how the specific design of a country’s political institutions, such as its form of government, electoral system, and legislative structure, affects the level of accountability, transparency, popular empowerment, elite capture, and coherent policymaking of the state. Applied to the Philippines, an excitingly new research and reform program for my students that focuses on the details of the Philippine state is borne by this tremendous insight of the discipline.
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