Governing Singapore: A History of National Development and Democracy

Raj Vasil

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Synopsis: Governing Singapore provides the most useful and up-to-date account of Singapore's political history since the accession to power of the People's Action Party in 1959, and in particular the performance of its governments since mid-1965 under Prime Ministers Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong. 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.

About the Author: DR RAJ VASIL has researched and taught the politics of Asian states for the past 45 years, and has lived in many Asian countries. Dr Vasil is currently a Program Director at the Institute of Policy Studies and a Research Associate at the School of Political Science, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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