Julio C. Teehankee

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Julio C. Teehankee
Julio Cabral Teehankee
DeanCollege of Liberal Arts, De La Salle University, Manila
AffiliationsExecutive Secretary, Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA);

Regional Manager, for Northeast and Southeast Asia, Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem);

Associate Editor, Philippine Political Science Journal (PPSJ)

Julio Cabral Teehankee is a Filipino political scientist. He is a Full Professor of Political Science and International Studies at De La Salle University (DLSU). In 2013, he was appointed Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at DLSU. He previously served as Chair of the International Studies Department (2008-2013); and, Chair of the Political Science Department (1994-1997; 2001-2007).[1]

Aside from teaching and research, he has served as political and policy consultant to government officials, electoral candidates, political parties, national and international organizations.

Teehankee specializes in the comparative analysis of institutional politics and development in East and Southeast Asia, with particular focus on elections, party politics, democratization and governance. He has written and published papers on elections, party politics, and political dynasties in the Philippines and Japan.

His research includes presidentialism in Asia; comparative constitutional dynamics in East and Southeast Asia; and the post-crisis development architecture.[2] He has appeared regularly on media as a political analyst.


Julio Teehankee finished his elementary education at the Ateneo Grade School from 1972 to 1980. He attended high school at La Salle Greenhills from 1980 to 1984.

He obtained both his doctorate degree in Development Studies (with distinction in 2001) and his bachelor's degree major in Political Science (1988) from De La Salle University. He earned his master's degree in Political Science (1994) from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

From 2007 to 2008, he completed his postdoctoral studies at the Graduate Schools of Law and Politics at the University of Tokyo under a Japan Foundation fellowship.

Personal background[edit]

His paternal grandfather José Tee Han Kee, immigrated to the Philippines in 1901 from Amoy (now Xiamen), China. He was a close associate and friend of Sun Yat-Sen, and was active in the struggle to liberate China from the Qing (Manchu) dynasty.[3] He was the first medical director of the Chinese General Hospital in Manila. Dr. Tee Han Kee established the Chinese General Hospital School of Nursing in 1921 and the Filipino-Chinese Medical Society in 1933. He also founded Farmacia Central - the largest prewar drugstore in Manila and precursor of Mercury Drugstore.[4]

Julio’s uncle, Claudio O. Teehankee, was the 16th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Julio’s maternal grandfather, Pedro G. Cabral founded the Laboratorio de P. Cabral in 1923. His aunt Myrna O. Cabral became the Mother Superior of the Holy Spirit Adoration Order (also known as the Pink Sisters) in the Philippines. Myrna took the name Sister Mary Hermenegildes, and later became the order's Mother Prioress and served as spiritual adviser to former president Corazon C. Aquino and Pope John Paul II.[5]

Research and academic affiliations[edit]

Julio Teehankee was a visiting professor at the Osaka School of International Public Policy in 2015. Previously, he was a visiting fellow at the Japan Institute for International Affairs in 2002; a Sumitomo Foundation research grantee at the Waseda Institute of Asia Pacific Studies, Waseda University in 2000; a Fulbright American Studies fellow at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2000; and, a Japan Foundation faculty development grantee at Ibaraki University, Japan from July 1995 to July 1996.

Since 2002, he has been a board member of the National Institute of Policy Studies (NIPS). He served as NIPS vice president and managing trustee from 2002-2006 and 2009.

He is a senior fellow of the Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance (formerly the La Salle Institute of Governance) since 2001. He served as the Institute’s executive director from 2006 to 2007. He is also a senior fellow of the Yuchengco Center (formerly the Yuchengco Center for East Asia) since 1996 and the Institute of Popular Democracy (IPD) since 1999.

He was a research associate of the Social Development Research Center (SDRC) from 1998 to 2001.

Major publications[edit]


  • From Aquino to Aquino: The Post Marcos Philippine Presidency co-authored with Mark R. Thompson [forthcoming]

Book chapters[edit]

  • “The Philippines” in Blondel, J., Inoguchi, T., and Marsh, I. (Eds.) Political Parties and Democracy: Western Europe, East and Southeast Asia 1990-2010. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, 187-205.
  • “Clientelism and Party Politics in the Philippines,” in Tomas, D. and Ufen, A. (Eds.) Clientelism and Electoral Competition in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. Oxford, UK: Routledge, 2012, 186-214.
  • “Been There, Done That: Southeast Asian Response to the Global Financial Crisis?" In Global Financial Crisis and Its Impacts on Asia. Seoul, Korea: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, 2010, 39-67.
  • “Image, Issues and Machinery: Presidential Campaigns in Post-1986 Philippines," In Kasuya, Y. and Quimpo, N. (Eds.). The Politics of Change in the Philippines. Manila: Anvil, 2010, 114-161.
  • “Citizen-Party Linkages: Failure to Connect?” In Herberg, M. (Ed.) Reforming the Philippine Party System: Ideas and Initiatives, Debates and Dynamics. Pasig: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2009, 23-44.
  • “Consolidation or Crisis of Clientelistic Democracy? The 2004 Synchronized Elections in the Philippines,” in Croissant, A. & Martin, B. (Eds.), Between Consolidation and Crisis: Elections and Democracy in Five Nations in Southeast Asia. Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2006, 215-276.
  • “Election Campaigning in the Philippines," in Schafferer, C. (Ed.) Election Campaigning in East and Southeast Asia. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005, 79-101.
  • “Electoral Politics in the Philippines,” in Croissant, A., Bruns, G., & John, M (Eds.), Electoral Politics in Southeast & East Asia Singapore: Freidrich Ebert Stiftung, 2002, 149-202.


  • Rethinking Japan’s Foreign Policy: State, Society, and Security. Manila: Yuchengco Center for East Asia, 2002.
  • Japanese Party Politics and Governance in Transition. Manila: Yuchengco Center for East Asia, 2002.
  • "Power Bequeathed: Generational Shift and Elite Reproduction in the 11th House of Representatives," Work-in-Progress (Institute for Popular Democracy Occasional Paper No. 16), 1999.

Journal articles[edit]

  • “The Study of Politics in Southeast Asia: The Philippines in Southeast Asian Political Studies,” Philippine Political Science Journal, 35 (1), 2014, 1-18.
  • “Party.Politics.Ph: Internet Campaigning in the Philippines,” Philippine Political Science Journal, 31 (54), 2010, 87-116.
  • “Synthesis and Distillation of Policy Issues: What Should Governments Do? The Global Financial Crisis as a Market and Government Failure” Asia-Pacific Social Science Review, 9 (1), 2009, 85-90.
  • “The Political Aftermath of the 1997 Crisis: From Asian Values to Asian Governance? Dialogue + Cooperation 18, 2007, 25-39.
  • “Access to Justice Indicators in the Asia-Pacific Region,” Arellano Law and Policy Review, 7 (1), 2006, 62-79.
  • “Institutional Continuity and the 2004 Philippines Election,” Dialogue + Cooperation 11, 2005, 63-67.
  • “Emerging Dynasties in the Post-Marcos House of Representatives,” Philippine Political Science Journal, Volume 22, Number 45, 2001, 55-78.
  • “Internal Armed Conflicts and the Peace Process in the Philippines,” Kajian Malaysia Volume 18 Numbers 1 & 2. June–December 2000, 141-156.
  • “Party Politics and Philippine Political Development: An Assessment of the 1987, 1988 and 1992 Elections,” Praxis: Journal of Political Studies, Volume VII, Number 1, April 1995, 47-65.
  • “The Context of Political Transition in Post-EDSA Philippines,” Praxis: Journal of Political Studies, Volume VI, Number 1 June 1994, 60-71.
  • “The Spatio-temporal Roots of the Filipino Nation: A Reassessment of the Revolution of 1896, ” Praxis: Journal of Political Studies, Volume V, Number 1, 1991-1993, 30-43.
  • “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: An Overview of the Legislature's Response to the Bases Issue,” DLSU Dialogue: Official Journal of De La Salle University, Volume XXIV, Number 1, 1989-1990, 15-25.

Networks and professional organizations[edit]

Teehankee holds leadership positions in four prominent international networks: the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA); the Peace and Human Security in Asia (PAHSA) network, the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) project, and Money Politics: Patronage, Clientelism, and Electoral Dynamics in Southeast Asia.

He is the Executive Secretary of the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA). APSIA Asia's leading academic organization dealing with political and international studies and allied disciplines. He previously served as APISA President from 2009 to 2011.

He is one of the convenors of the Peace and Human Security in Asia (PAHSA) network. PAHSA is a multi-year (2011-2015) international collaboration project among four Japanese and five Southeast Asian universities, with the student exchange program as its main component.

Teehankee also serves as the Regional Manager for Northeast and Southeast Asia of the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) project. V-Dem aims to produce better Indicators of Democracy.

Previously, he has served as Country Evaluator for the Bertelsmann Transformation Index Bertelsmann Transformation Index(BTI) reports for 2003 and 2014; and as Country Reporter for 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. BTI is a 128 country project focusing on the political management of the transformation toward Democracy and a Market Economy.

He is a member of the "Money Politics: Patronage, Clientelism, and Electoral Dynamics in Southeast Asia" project - a cross-national, multi-method study on money politics in Southeast Asia, tracing the character, causes and implications of patronage and clientelism in four middle-income, developing countries: Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand. He is the country coordinator for the Philippine component of the project where 40 plus researchers will conduct a two-week field investigation of the 2016 local elections.

He sat as board member of the Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA) and has served as its Secretary from 1995 to 1999. Currently, Teehankee is the associate editor of the Philippine Political Science Journal (PPSJ). He was formerly editor of the Asia Pacific Social Science Review (APSSR) and has recently been invited to be part of the editorial board of the Asian Journal of Comparative Politics – a new journal to be launced by Sage publication.

He is a lifetime member of the Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society, Beta Chapter, Philippines.



  1. ^ Academia.edu profile, https://dlsu.academia.edu/JulioTeehankee
  2. ^ Academia.edu profile, https://dlsu.academia.edu/JulioTeehankee
  3. ^ Tan, Antonio S. (1972), The Chinese in the Philippines, 1898-1935: A Study of Their National Awakening, Manila: R.P. Garcia Publishing Co.
  4. ^ Profile of Dr. Jose Teehankee, Filipino-Chinese Medical Society
  5. ^ Family records of the family of Don Pedro G. Cabral.