Erle Frayne Argonza's Blog – March 2008 Archive (13)

THE STATE IS NO 'BIG MAMA' BUT AN ENABLER

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Writ 22 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]



To continue, in the same article on New Nationalism, this author took up the contention about the shift from ‘provider state’ to ‘enabler state’ model. I agree to a large degree with Peter Evans regarding the matter in his elucidations on synergism and development.



While I argue strongly for a dirigist paradigm of development, I do not at all go for maximum state intervention such as the ones… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 30, 2008 at 8:59am — 1 Comment

RE-ECHOING BASIC NEEDS

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Writ 22 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]



“Go back to basic needs,” I declared in the same article on New Nationalism.



Sometime back, the ‘basic needs’ framework rang strong bells in the development field as a potent framework for development. Having started with the defunct Ministry of Human Settlements in 1981 as a community development specialist, I still recall then how brilliant and exquisitely crafted was this Ministry’s… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 27, 2008 at 5:36am — No Comments

VALUE-BASED FRAMEWORKS FOR DEVELOPMENT

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Writ 22 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]



In the same article on New Nationalism, I advanced the thesis for value-based integrated frameworks.



The classical frameworks of development were largely rationalistic models, or Western-oriented. I don’t have a problem with accepting Western development frameworks. However, I found out in my own long practice of social development that they don’t completely work in the field.



The… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 24, 2008 at 5:59am — No Comments

BUILD STRONG NATIONS AMID GLOBALIZATION

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Writ 22 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]



In my meaty article on New Nationalism, I advanced fourteen (14) contentions in substantiation of what neo-nationalism is.



The first basic contention is that the nation-state can thrive and grow amid globalization. In other words, globalization shouldn’t lead to the destruction of nation-states. The trend since the start of massive implementation of liberal reforms leading to global… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 22, 2008 at 9:13am — No Comments

BAD GOVERNANCE AND TURBULENCE: UPDATE ON MANILA SITUATION

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Writ. 16 March 2008, Quezon City, Metropolitan Manila]



Good evening!



It’s a Sunday evening, and right now the turbulence in the country brought about by protests against huge government anomalous transactions is the hottest agenda.



In this country, please note that bad governance has been responsible for so much political turmoil since the 1960s yet. The Marcos and Estrada administrations were overthrown via the ‘people power… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 16, 2008 at 6:13am — No Comments

NEW-NATIONALISM TAKES CENTER STAGE

Erle Frayne Argonza





[Concluding portion of the article: E. Argonza, “New Nationalism: Grandeur and Glory at Work.”]





This paper now ends with a note on the prospects of neo-nationalism making waves. Note that Old Nationalism is the dominant discourse within the nationalist streams, and this fact is fully recognized in this paper. Old Nationalists will definitely have a hard time digesting the premises and contentions presented in this article. Being anchored on… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 12, 2008 at 7:16am — No Comments

THE OLIGARCHY QUESTION

Erle Frayne D. Argonza





BACKGROUND



The following statements are excerpts from the article E. Argonza, “New Nationalism: Grandeur and Glory at Work.” This article is my humble contribution to the current efforts at formulating policy frameworks for development and growth within the context of a globalizing world. The basic contention of neo-nationalism is that it is sacrosanct to conserve and advance the interests of nation-states, however this should also take note of… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 12, 2008 at 7:00am — No Comments

NEW NATIONALISM: BASIC CONTENTIONS

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Culled from: E. Argonza, “New Nationalism: Grandeur and Glory at Work!”]



Being an advocate of new nationalism or neo-nationalism, I outlined in the original article a number of contentions about this emerging ideology. I would prefer to treat the body of ideas as ‘policy framework’ than as ideology, given the new trend to veer away today from anything ideological.



1. Strong nation can thrive and grow amid globalization.

2. Make room… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 12, 2008 at 6:53am — No Comments

NEW NATIONALISM: GRANDEUR AND GLORY AT WORK!

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Excerpts. Revised edition, Quezon City, Feb. 2008. Original version writ August 2004.]





ECHOING THE NEO-NATIONALIST THEME



This paper echoes the emerging discourse referred to as New Nationalism. Note that various writers have formulated theories anchored on New Nationalism. Their theories out-rightly impact on public policy and development practice, such as the framework articulated by Robert Reich (see The Work of Nations). Here at… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 12, 2008 at 6:31am — No Comments

SOCIAL TECHNOLOGIES IN THE PHILIPPINES: THE NEED FOR A SOCIAL MARKETING

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



This item is a news about the social technologies seminar held at the University of the Philippines in January. This item is hereby included in my blog site, to show my peers here the efforts we are taking in the Philippines to design and develop social technologies.



I extend my deepest appreciation to the efforts being done by Dr. Cesar Mercado, CEO and Chair of the Development Center for Asia Africa Pacific, toward this end. Dr. Mercado had come a… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 9, 2008 at 6:23am — No Comments

SOCIAL CAPITAL FOR MINING

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Note: The author is a political economist and social development consultant. The paper was delivered in a panel lecture at the Kamayan Forum, Kamayan Restaurant, MetroManila, 12 noon-2 pm, 19 November, 2004.]





This paper advocates for an alternative framework regarding mineral resource extraction. It begins with the contention that mining must be considered as primarily a community undertaking, whether the community be national or local. As… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 9, 2008 at 6:13am — No Comments

OBSERVATIONS AND POSSIBLE ADVOCACY POSITIONS REGARDING THE MINING SECTOR

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Written for the Office of the President/multi-agency task force on mining advocacy. 10 Feb. 2005]



BACKGROUND



The paper summarizes the observations of this analyst regarding the mining sector. Some prospective advocacy positions are advanced at the concluding part of the report. The references were largely the Mining Act and related reports coming from the DENR



Being a constituency-enabling agency, this organization most… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 9, 2008 at 6:10am — No Comments

ERLE FRAYNE'S UNLADPAYAPA: WELCOME NOTE

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Writ. 09 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]



Magandang Araw (good day)!



Welcome to this peace & development blog by this magnanimous soul from the Philippines!



I have long wanted to write reflective notes about peace & development. I recall my days then as the Director of Research Development for the La Consolacion College Manila, a school run by the Augustinian Sisters, when I took myself to task for formulating… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 9, 2008 at 6:05am — No Comments

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