Blood is Thicker than Water: Philippine Politics and Families

Book Review: McCoy, Alfred W., ed. An Anarchy of Families: State and Family in the Philippines. 7th. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2017.



political families, Philippine politics, political dynasties, elite families, rent-seeking


This book review surveys An Anarchy of Families: State and Families in the Philippines by Alfred W. McCoy. Notable for his work on Philippine political and social history, McCoy studied the influences of families in Philippine politics that have remained dominant in the country for the past decades. The said author, along with other scholars, chose notable elite families throughout the Philippines in relation to the study, such as the Duranos and the Lopezes who would dominate the Philippine political scene not only in the metropolitan Manila, but also in the provinces. Furthermore, this review hopes to examine the said author’s use of the methodology and framework in discussing the influence of these families, and how these patterns continued into the twenty-first century.

Author Biography

Glenn-Dale John Go, University of Santo Tomas

Mr. Glenn-Dale John C. Go graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History at the University of Santo Tomas. He finished his Master of Arts degree in History at the Graduate School of the University of Santo Tomas. Currently, he is teaching Humanities and Social Sciences subjects at the Senior High School English Department of Chiang Kai Shek College. Furthermore, he is also an instructor teaching the Readings in Philippine History in the Collegiate Department of Chiang Kai Shek College and, at the same time, a part-time instructor at the University of Santo Tomas teaching the same subject and the Life and Works of Rizal.




How to Cite

Go, G.-D. J. “ 2017”. TALA: An Online Journal of History, vol. 5, no. 1, June 2022,