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.
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