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Communitarian Ideology and Democracy in Singapore : Politics in Asia - Beng-Huat Chua

Communitarian Ideology and Democracy in Singapore

Politics in Asia

Hardcover Published: 22nd June 1995
ISBN: 9780415120548
Number Of Pages: 252

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While the economic miracle of Singapore is widely known, the ideas that have underpinned it remain to be documented and critically examined. The single political party that has governed Singapore over the past three decades of nationhood has successfully developed different ideas at different times to organize the multiracial population into a relatively unified people who strive collectively to transform their own material conditions.
This is the first book critically to analyse the evolution and succession of the above ideas within changing circumstances. In particular, the author charts the rise of "Asian communitarianism," a set of ideas consecrated explicitly as a national ideology. In contrast to foreign critics who readily see developments in Singapore as evolving phases of an unchanging authoritarian regime, the writer, a Singaporean himself, sees them as an attempt to develop a particular form of anti-liberal democratic polity by a highly ideologically conscious political elite.

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Ideological Trajectoryp. 9
Reopening Ideological Discussionp. 40
Pragmatism of the Pap Governmentp. 57
The Business of Livingp. 79
The Making of a New Nationp. 101
Notesp. 122
Not Depoliticised but Ideologically Successfulp. 124
Confucianisation Abandonedp. 147
Building the Political Middle Groundp. 169
Towards a Non-Liberal Communitarian Democracyp. 184
Notesp. 202
Conclusionp. 203
Referencesp. 214
Indexp. 224
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ISBN: 9780415120548
ISBN-10: 0415120543
Series: Politics in Asia
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 22nd June 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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