This title was first published in 2001. A collection of valuable, previously published essays analyzing the major social dynamics shaping the increasingly complex society, economy and polity of contemporary Singapore. Topics range from ideology and culture to the character of the state and its institutions and the possibilities for political reform.
’…an excellent collection on the developments in Singapore in the 1990s by local and overseas scholars.’ Singapore Daily
Contents; The State and Institutional Development: Some aspects of role of state in Singapore, Mukul G. Asher; Economic globalization and policy choices: Singapore, M. Ramesh; Globalization, ethnicity and the nation-state: the case of Singapore, David Brown; The political economy of transnational corporations: a study of the regionalization of Singapore firms, Henry Wai-Chung Yeung; Bureaucratic rationality in an evolving developmental state: challenges to governance in Singapore, Gillian Koh; The rule of law and capitalism in east Asia, Kanishka Jayasuriya; The secular trumps the sacred: constitutional issues arising from Colin Chan v Public Prosecution, Thio Li-Ann. Social Transformations and Political Directions: Singapore: emerging tensions in the 'dictatorship of the middle class' Garry Rodan; Singapore and the myth of the liberalizing middle class, David Martin Jones and David Brown; Loosening state control in Singapore: the emergence of local capital as a political force, Ian Chalmers; Arrested development: democratization in Singapore, Chua Beng-Huat; A communitarian critique of authoritarianism: the case of Singapore, Daniel A. Bell. Ideology and Culture: Singapore and the 'Asian values' debate, Donald K. Emmerson; The internationalization of ideological conflict: Asia's new significance, Garry Rodan; Understanding 'Asian values' as a form of reactionary modernization, Kanishka Jayasuriya; Music and cultural politics: ideology and resistance in Singapore, Lily Kong; The construction of a national identity through the production of ritual and spectacle: an analysis of National day parades in Singapore, Lily Kong and Brenda Yeoh; World cities, globalization and the spread of consumerism: a view from Singapore, Chua Beng-Huat. Social Policy: Social security in Singapore: redrawing the public-private boundary, M. Ramesh; Framing the other: criminality, social exclusion and social engineering in developing Singapore, John Clammer; The spaces of coping: women and 'poverty' in Singapore, Gillian M. Davidson; Women, the family and economic restructuring: the Singapore model?, Jean L. Pyle; Anti-Christian Chinese chauvinists and HDB upgrades: the 1997 Singapore general election, James Chin; Index.
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