A quarter of a century has now passed since the historic popular
uprising that led to the overthrow of the Ferdinand Marcos
dictatorship in the Philippines. The mass movement known as the
"People 's Power Revolution" was not only pivotal to the democratic
transition within the Philippines, but it also became an
inspiration for subsequent mass movements leading to further
democratic transitions throughout the Third World and in the former
Communist bloc in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. However, the
neoliberal economic policies subsequently pursued by newly
democratic governments throughout the Third World led all but the
most celebratory observers to note the constrained and limited
nature of these formal political transitions. This volume poses the
question of the extent to which people 's power has been able to
play an active role resisting neoliberalism and deepen substantive
democracy and social justice. Through a series of case studies of
the regions and individual countries of Asia, Africa, Latin America
and Eastern Europe, the contributions in the volume provide a new
set of original and in-depth critical assessments of the nature of
the longer-term impact of the democratic transitions commencing in
the 1980s and continuing until the present, and questioning their
impact and potential influence on human dignity, freedom, justice,
and self-determination, and thus opening new avenues of enquiry
into the future of democracy.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Third
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