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The Limits of Authoritarian Governance in Singapore's Developmental State

Editors: Rahim, Lily Zubaidah, Barr, Michael D. (Eds.)

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  • Highlights the limitations of Singapore’s authoritarian governance model
  • Examines the relevance of the Singapore governance model for other industrialising economies
  • Elaborates on the structural pressures associated with Singapore’s particular locus within globalised capitalism that have fostered heightened social and material inequalities
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This book delves into the limitations of Singapore’s authoritarian governance model. In doing so, the relevance of the Singapore governance model for other industrialising economies is systematically examined. Research in this book examines the challenges for an integrated governance model that has proven durable over four to five decades. The editors argue that established socio-political and economic formulae are now facing unprecedented challenges. Structural pressures associated with Singapore’s particular locus within globalised capitalism have fostered heightened social and material inequalities, compounded by the ruling party’s ideological resistance to substantive redistribution. As ‘growth with equity’ becomes more elusive, the rationale for power by a ruling party dominated by technocratic elite and state institutions crafted and controlled by the ruling party  and its bureaucratic allies is open to more critical scrutiny.

About the authors

Lily Zubaidah Rahim is an Associate Professor of Government & International Relations at the University of Sydney and a specialist in authoritarian governance, democratisation, ethnicity and political Islam. Her books include The Singapore Dilemma: The Political and Educational Marginality of the Malay Community, (1998), Singapore in the Malay World: Building and Breaching Regional Bridges (2010), Muslim Secular Democracy (2013), and The Politics of Islamism (2018). Lily Zubaidah is currently President of the Malaysia and Singapore Society of Australia (MASSA) and Vice-President of the Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies.

Michael Barr is an Associate Professor of International Relations in the College of Business, Government and Law at Flinders University. His books include Lee Kuan Yew: The Beliefs behind the Man (2000 ), Constructing Singapore: Elitism, Ethnicity and Nation Building (2008), The Ruling Elite of Singapore (2014) and Singapore: A Modern History (2018). He was Editor-in-Chief of Asian Studies Review from 2012-2017.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction: Authoritarian Governance in Singapore’s Developmental State

    Pages 1-25

    Rahim, Lily Zubaidah (et al.)

  • Singapore and the Lineages of Authoritarian Modernity in East Asia

    Pages 29-48

    Thompson, Mark R.

  • Independence: The Further Stage of Colonialism in Singapore

    Pages 49-69

    Thum, Ping Tjin

  • Albert Winsemius and the Transnational Origins of High Modernist Governance in Singapore

    Pages 71-91

    Loh, Kah Seng

  • Social Policy Reform and Rigidity in Singapore’s Authoritarian Developmental State

    Pages 95-130

    Rahim, Lily Zubaidah (et al.)

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-1556-5
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Hardcover $109.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Limits of Authoritarian Governance in Singapore's Developmental State
Editors
  • Lily Zubaidah Rahim
  • Michael D. Barr
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-1556-5
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-1556-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-1555-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 329
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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