By Beng-Huat Chua
The industrial good fortune of Singapore has tested the rustic as a version for different international locations. but before the information at the back of this accomplishment haven't been seriously tested. Communitarian Ideology and Democracy in Singapore fills this hole. The booklet outlines the rules the ruling social gathering has followed during the last 3 a long time. It charts the government's stream clear of Western innovations in the direction of the evolution of 'Asian democracy'. the writer analyses this anti-liberal democracy and the government's factors for repackaging cultural history right into a nationwide ideology of Asian communitarianism. This e-book avoids the polarization that has tended to characterise texts on Asian governments. It neither concentrates on a heritage of authoritarian repression nor unequivocally praises the regime yet significantly examines its political luck. As such it offers a brand new and balanced account to the coed of Singapore politics.
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POLITICAL DOMINANCE AND IDEOLOGICAL HEGEMONY For newly independent countries, politics in the immediate postcolonial years is an uncharted terrain. This is generally a period in which political parties sprout, each with its respective following; the political party becomes the vehicle for expressing the collective will of groups of people. Seldom is a party in a position to exert its dominance in such emergent states. Under such conditions, the parties have no choice but to enter into negotiation, bargaining and coalition to form a government.
These were supplemented by letters to the press and press interviews with Committee members. Its recommendations were debated in Parliament and in public forums, including a marathon session in which the Minister of Transportation promised not to terminate the meeting until all present had their questions discussed. The final set of regulations adopted in 1990 reflected modifications suggested by these processes. To complete the consultative cycle, then Prime Minister designate, Goh Chok Tong, held a dialogue session with 800 grassroots leaders to explain the measures adopted.
CONCLUSION It should be obvious that the refrain of authoritarianism as the explanation of Singapore’s political development in the past three decades is inadequate. Undoubtedly, some of the repressive mechanisms wielded by the PAP to suppress opposition in the early days of power consolidation remain. However, the PAP’s continuing political legitimacy among the population is achieved largely through its ideological efficacy. The major concepts underpinning its ideological hegemony for the first twenty years since independence were ‘survivalism’ and ‘pragmatism’.
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