tackles good governance
Wolfgang Merkel of the University of Heidelberg
La Salle Institute of Governance, in cooperation with Friedrich
Ebert Stiftung held a lecture-forum on the influence of political
systems on political party formation last November 15 at the
Ariston Estrada Seminar Room.
The lecture-forum was titled “Comparing the Presidential and
Parliamentary Political Systems: How Do They Impact on the
Process of Political Party Formation?.”
It was meant to generate crucial insights on the challenges
and opportunities for restructuring political systems in ways
that could further deepen democracy.
Dr. Wolfgang Merkel, Executive Director of the Institute of
Political Science at the University of Heidelberg shared valuable
insights on the topic with students and faculty members of
The lecture-forum was further enriched by the discussants,
Dr. Wilfrido Villacorta, president of the Yuchengco Center
for East Asia, and lawyer Jose Luis Martin Gascon, executive
director of the National Institute for Policy Studies.
Headed by Dr. Francisco Magno, the La Salle Institute of Governance
is a research establishment that promotes effective, transparent,
accountable and participatory governance by designing and
implementing high-quality research, training, project management,
and monitoring and evaluation activities.
On the other hand, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, represented by
Dr. Rudolf Traub, is a German non-profit, private educational
foundation. Its projects focus on empowering marginalized
sectors and groups, promoting socio-political dialogue, and
building awareness through exchange programs.