The Singapore School: Technocracy or Less

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Commentators and public policy practitioners – particularly but not exclusively in
the developing world – routinely hold up Singapore as a worthy example of effective government (see, for example, The Economist, 18 July 2015). Authoritarian
governments – and China in particular – have been especially impressed with
Singapore’s record of running both a successful capitalist economy and an effective, technocratic government without making many concessions to democracy
or liberal freedoms. This feature has prompted debates between academics about
whether Singapore’s point of attraction is the success of its authoritarian politics
or the effectiveness of its administration (Liu and Wang, 2018; Lim and Horesh,
2016; Ortmann and Thompson, 2018).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChina's 'Singapore Model' and Authoritarian Learning
EditorsStephan Ortmann, Mark R. Thompson
Place of PublicationLondon and New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-429-4255-4, 978042942554
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-38839-0, 9781138388390
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge/City University of Hong Kong Southeast Asia Studies


  • China governance
  • Singapore governance
  • Singapore politics


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