The Limits of Authoritarian Governance in Singapore's Developmental State

The Limits of Authoritarian Governance in Singapore's Developmental State


This book delves into the limitations of Singapore’s authoritarian governance model. In doing so, the relevance of the Singapore governance model for other industrialising economies is systematically examined. Research in this book examines the challenges for an integrated governance model that has proven durable over four to five decades.

The editors argue that established socio-political and economic formulae are now facing unprecedented challenges. Structural pressures associated with Singapore’s particular locus within globalised capitalism have fostered heightened social and material inequalities, compounded by the ruling party’s ideological resistance to substantive redistribution.

As ‘growth with equity’ becomes more elusive, the rationale for power by a ruling party dominated by technocratic elite and state institutions crafted and controlled by the ruling party and its bureaucratic allies is open to more critical scrutiny.

A Singaporean national, Lily Zubaidah Rahim is Associate Professor of Government & International Relations at the University of Sydney and a specialist in authoritarian governance, democratisation, ethnic politics, citizenship rights and political Islam.

Her books include The Singapore Dilemma: The Political Educational Marginality of the Malay Community (1998/2001), Singapore in the Malay World: Building and Breaching Regional Bridges (2010), Muslim Secular Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and The Politics of Islamism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). The Singapore Dilemma is widely recognized as a seminal work on the Malay community in Singapore.   

Michael D. Barr is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Flinders University. His books include Lee Kuan Yew: The Beliefs behind the Man (2000), The Ruling Elite of Singapore (2014) and Singapore: A Modern History (2018). He was Editor-in-Chief of Asian Studies Review from 2012-2017. Michael was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2018.    

Author Lily Zubaidah Rahim and Michael D. Barr
Cover Paperback
Published 2019

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Tags: Governance, Authoritarianism, Singapore