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Governing Singapore : Democracy and national development - Raj Vasil

Governing Singapore

Democracy and national development

By: Raj Vasil

Paperback Published: 1st September 2000
ISBN: 9781865082110
Number Of Pages: 280

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Singapore has its critics, but the city-state has achieved remarkable successes as a result of the voluntary trade-off of certain political rights for economic and social progress. In Governing Singapore, Raj Vasil supports this national bargain. He argues that in Asian new states like Singapore, economic and social under-development, as well as ethnic diversity and divisions make it impossible for Western liberal democracy to function effectively as an instrument of popular rule. The problems of under-development faced by Asian new states since decolonisation and independence continue to prove that democracy alone is not enough - national development and the need to adapt democracy to economic and social realities are equally important.

Through reconciling democracy with national development, Singapore has transformed from a poor, backward Third World island into a prosperous and dynamic First World nation. Today Singapore is far better prepared for greater democratisation and increased popular participation.

Preface

Introduction

Part 1 Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore

1. The People's Action Party: the national party

2. Creating a democracy that works

3. Managing national development

4. Leadership renewal and succession

Part 2 Goh Chok Tong's Singapore

5. Continuity and change

6. The parliamentary elections of 1991 and 1997

7. Continuing national development

Conclusion: national development and democracy

Endnotes

Index

ISBN: 9781865082110
ISBN-10: 1865082112
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st September 2000
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1