DEMOCRATIZATION OF SINGAPORE FROM 1957-2004
Gammeddegoda Liyanage, Sajith Wasula
Halladay, Carolyn C.
Brown, Shannon A.
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Economic development achieved through an authoritarian model of leadership allowed Singapore to become a strong state. Linkages to the West through Singapore’s systematic industrialization and development policies build on aspects of Singapore’s colonial legacy; under the leadership of Lee Kuan Yew, these connections powered the transformation of Singapore economically, socially, structurally, and technologically. On the other hand, Lee and his ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) consistently limited the speed and extent of democratic progress in Singapore, including resisting the leverage that the thoroughgoing connections to the West might otherwise have given reformers and opponents in Singapore. This thesis examines how the evolution of the political system of Singapore, leadership, and PAP policies influenced the democratization process in Singapore; it finds key continuities in this development and also examines the potential for democratic change.
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