By James Putzel
A CAPTIVE LAND is the 1st significant paintings to deal with those questions, pertaining to formerly unpublished Philippine and US govt files and drawing on interviews with govt representatives, landowners and peasants. It deals a brand new and unique research of the level of landlessness, possession, and poverty. It highlights the importance of the clash among conservative and liberal methods to reform.
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While civil society representatives often stressed the non-participatory, non-transparent and externally imposed design of adjustment programmes, as well as their overall negative effects, the focus of their presentations and discussion was on specific consequences of particular policy reforms. The Fora were designed as a learning experience for the Bank and governments, but the sessions invariably turned into debates, with the Bank defending its record and disputing citizen analysis. However, the Fora did help generate good local media coverage and clearly laid out the problematic areas that civil society felt required further investigation and a fundamental change in policy.
A national assembly was held in March 1998, SAPRIN_01 9/12/03 2:03 pm Page 21 STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT AND SAPRI/CASA 21 followed by a general organizing meeting in August. Thematic working groups were constituted, with the participation of a wide range of organizations involved in the network in order to help elucidate issues of concern to civil society, outline possible questions for research and prepare background materials. When efforts to bring the government and the Bank into SAPRI failed, civil society organizations in the Philippines began a CASA initiative.
Washington, DC: World Bank. Philippines Ecuador B. 26 Degree of openness 2:04 pm Ghana Zimbabwe GDP US$m 1999 9/12/03 A. 1 • SAPRI/CASA Countries: Profile by Selected Indicators SAPRIN_02 Page 38 THE SAPRI REPORT SAPRIN_02 9/12/03 2:04 pm Page 39 TRADE LIBERALIZATION POLICIES 39 different. For example, in the case of Hungary, trade liberalization measures were part of systemic changes, whereas in most of the other countries they were part of a package to address external disequilibrium (and, partly, internal crisis).
A Captive Land: The Politics of Agrarian Reform in the Philippines by James Putzel