Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Singapore Politics Under the People's Action Party by Diane K. Mauzy and R.S. Milne

This is a comprehensive overview of politics in Singapore since its independence in 1965 to the publication of the book in 2002.

The Authors present a moderate and balanced view in their depiction of the politics in Singapore under the PAP rule.

Singapore Politics Under the People's Action Party covers the following topics:

What is remarkable about Singapore?
How Singapore became independent: Lee Kuan Yew and the PAP
Locations of power: the state and the government
The PAP: the structure and operation of a dominant party
Ideology of the leaders and for the populace
Economic policy for an independent Singapore
Supplying social services to the people
The dictates of ethnicity: language policy, education, and self-help
The successors: leadership trends in the PAP -- the search for top talent
Authoritarian aspects of PAP rule
Elections, electoral innovations, and the Opposition
The growth of civil society
Deterrence and diplomacy
Singapore in the future

Overall Rating: 9/10

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