Civic education and deliberative democracy in Singapore

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Singapore’s hegemonic dominant-party system has been credited for the country’s successful development into one of the wealthiest global cities today. The system, described as meritocratic, has focused on creating and sustaining administrative capacity, enabling the Government to act expertly, strategically and effectively to bring tangible benefits to an increasingly affluent people. As problems become more complicated and citizens become more sophisticated with higher expectations of their government, this elite, technocratic and paternalistic model of governance that has worked well in the past will need to adapt in time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCivil Society and the State in Singapore
EditorsCarol Soon, Gillian Koh
PublisherWorld Scientific
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781786342485
ISBN (Print)9781786342461
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017


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