This book addresses key questions about how Singapore is likely to develop going forward, what are the key challenges facing the state, and how is the government going to deal with these matters. The book shows how important Lee Kuan Yew and subsequent individual leaders have been in shaping Singapore, and goes on to consider specific new challenges, including rapid population growth, migration and a changing population mix, the rise of China and possible shifts in the regional balance of power, and anxieties about the economy and an increasing global backlash against the neo-liberal free trade regime. It considers key areas of economic policy, social policy, and foreign policy, and explores the changing nature of governance. It also examines the Singapore government's effort to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Overall, the book provides a concise, comprehensive assessment of the current state of Singapore and its likely future direction.
Table of Contents
1. Analysing Singapore’s Historical Trajectory 2. The PAP’s Pursuit of Development 3. Development Policy in the post-Lee KY era 4. Singapore and the Digital World: Building a Smart Nation 5. Singapore: Dealing with the Covid-19 Virus 6. Singapore International Relations: Regional and Global Issues 7. Imagining Singapore: The National Past and Collective Memory 8. Afterword
S. C. Y. Luk is an Assistant Professor in Public Policy and Global Affairs at the School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
P. W. Preston is an Emeritus Professor of Political Sociology, University of Birmingham