Hard Choices: Challenging The Singapore Consensus by Donald LowHard Choices: Challenging The Singapore Consensus by Donald Low

Hard Choices: Challenging The Singapore Consensus

byDonald Low

Paperback | July 30, 2014

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Singapore is changing. The consensus that the PAP government has constructed and maintained over five decades is fraying. The assumptions that underpin Singaporean exceptionalism are no longer accepted as easily and readily as before. Among these are the ideas that the country is uniquely vulnerable, that this vulnerability limits its policy and political options, that good governance demands a degree of political consensus that ordinary democratic arrangements cannot produce, and that the country’s success requires a competitive meritocracy accompanied by relatively little income or wealth redistribution.


But the policy and political conundrums that Singapore faces today are complex and defy easy answers. Confronted with a political landscape that is likely to become more contested, how should the government respond? What reforms should it pursue? This collection of essays suggests that a far-reaching and radical rethinking of the country's policies and institutions is necessary, even if it weakens the very consensus that enabled Singapore to succeed in its first fifty years.
Title:Hard Choices: Challenging The Singapore ConsensusFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:July 30, 2014Publisher:University of Hawaii PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9971698161

ISBN - 13:9789971698164

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