Securitising Singapore: State Power and Global Threats Management, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Securitising Singapore

State Power and Global Threats Management, 1st Edition

By Syed Mohammed Ad’ha Aljunied


184 pages

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Hardback: 9780367262174
pub: 2019-07-31
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Aljunied examines how the Singaporean government developed a comprehensive state-society strategic relationship by ‘securitising’ vital policy areas due to Singapore’s vulnerability as a global city-state.

In the 21st Century, the Singaporean government has strategically renewed an existing form of authoritarian rule by ‘militarising’ national security governance. The overall effect is to widen and deepen state power. Senior military-trained civilian political leaders and bureaucrats use military personnel, command and control, terminology and strategy of war to deal with non-traditional security challenges leading to the state’s further domination over civil liberty and civil society. Aljunied analyses the information and communication, health, and climate-environment sectors. The case studies highlight the way the Singaporean government has used varying forms of political engagement, surveillance, and legislation to limit civil liberty and inhibit the development of civil society.

A valuable resource for researchers and students of Singapore Studies as well as for Security Studies readers with an interest in the Global-Local nexus in a small state context. This book is a pioneering scholarly effort on the national security framework and the use of non-traditional security discourse to strengthen state power and social stability at the expense of political liberalism.

Table of Contents




Chapter 1: Theory and Method

Chapter 2: Securing Singapore I: National Security Foundations, Politics of State and Nation Building, Civil-Military Relations and Global City Discourse

Chapter 3: Securing Singapore II: Globalisation and National Security Evolution

Chapter 4: Infocomm Sector Securitisation

Chapter 5: Health Sector Securitisation

Chapter 6: Climate-Environment Sector Securitisation




About the Author

Syed Mohammed Ad’ha Aljunied holds a PhD from the University of Western Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Southeast Asia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Economic Policy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies