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Limits Of Authoritarian Governance In Singapore's Developmental State, TheLimits Of Authoritarian Governance In Singapore's Developmental State, The by Rahim, Lily Zubaidah; Micahel D. Barr

This book delves into the limitations of Singapore's authoritarian governance model. In doing so, the relevance of the Singapore governance model for other industrialising economies is systematically examined. Research in this book examines the challenges for an integrated governance model that has proven durable over four to five decades. The editors argue that established socio-political and economic formulae are now facing unprecedented challenges. Structural pressures associated with Singapore's particular locus within globalised capitalism have fostered heightened social and material inequalities, compounded by the ruling party's ideological resistance to substantive redistribution. As 'growth with equity' becomes more elusive, the rationale for power by a ruling party dominated by technocratic elite and state institutions crafted and controlled by the ruling party and its bureaucratic allies is open to more critical scrutiny.

Unknowers, The: How Strategic Ignorance Rules The WorldUnknowers, The: How Strategic Ignorance Rules The World by Mcgoey, Linsey

Deliberate ignorance has been known as the `Ostrich Instruction' in law courts since the 1860s. It illustrates a recurring pattern in history in which figureheads for major companies, political leaders and industry bigwigs plead ignorance to avoid culpability. So why do so many figures at the top still get away with it when disasters on their watch damage so many people's lives? Does the idea that knowledge is power still apply in today's post-truth world? Encompassing the building of industrial empires in 19th century America to the legal defences of today, The Unknowers shows that ignorance has not only long been an inherent part big business, but also that true power lies in the ability to convince others of where the boundary between ignorance and knowledge lies.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #6: Military Capitalism In Myanmar: Examining The Origins, Continuities And Evolution Of Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #6: Military Capitalism In Myanmar: Examining The Origins, Continuities And Evolution Of "Khaki Capital" by Mccarthy, Gerard

Military enterprises, ostensibly set up to feed and supply soldiers, were some of the earliest and largest Burmese commercial conglomerates, established in the 1950s. Union Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (UMEHL) and Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC) are two profit-seeking military enterprises established by the military after the dissolution of the Burma Socialist Programme Party in 1988, which remain central players in Myanmar's post-2011 economy. Military conglomerates are a major source of off-budget revenue for the military and a main employer of retired soldiers. Yet few veterans receive more than a small piece of the profits from UMEHL. The vast bulk of formal dividends instead disproportionately benefit higher ranking officers and institutions within the Tatmadaw. More balanced civil-military relations, and fairer social outcomes for military personnel, will rely on civilian-led state institutions delivering effective and substantive welfare support beyond the commercially oriented welfare arrangements of military conglomerates.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #05: From Declaration To Code: Continuity And Change In China's Engagement With Asean On The South China SeaTrends In Southeast Asia 2019 #05: From Declaration To Code: Continuity And Change In China's Engagement With Asean On The South China Sea by Hoang Thi Ha

China's engagement with ASEAN over the South China Sea exhibits a dynamic continuum with two constants: (1) Dismissal of any legally binding instrument that would constrain China's freedom of action; and (2) Persistent territorialization of the SCS despite Beijing's simultaneous diplomatic engagement with ASEAN. The continuity is juxtaposed with elements of change in China's engagement with ASEAN, as afforded by the former's growing power and influence. This metamorphosis is manifested in China's efforts to undermine ASEAN unity, robustly assert its claims in the SCS, and use economic statecraft towards ASEAN member states in return for their acquiescence.

Rational Conversations: China Is Messing With Your MindRational Conversations: China Is Messing With Your Mind by Bilahari Kausikan

Former diplomat Bilahari Kausikan highlights two global trends that can shape Singapore's future-identity politics and the rise of China-and how China is using them to influence the Singapore identity.

Rational Conversations: The Power Of A PeopleRational Conversations: The Power Of A People by Kuik Shiao-Yin

Former Nominated Member of Parliament Kuik Shiao-Yin shares the concerns of young voters and how a new generation of leaders can rise up to serve them.

Rational Conversations: The Silhouette Of OppressionRational Conversations: The Silhouette Of Oppression by Han, Kirsten

Activist and journalist Kirsten Han examines the relationship between government and political journalists in Singapore.

Headwinds And Hazards: Economic Snapshots In An Age Of PopulismHeadwinds And Hazards: Economic Snapshots In An Age Of Populism by Vikram Khanna

Headwinds and Hazards, Economic Snapshots in an Age of Populism is a collection of essays written by financial journalist and former IMF economist Vikram Khanna on economic affairs which have appeared in The Straits Times and The Business Times.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #04: The Indo-Pacific And Its Strategic Challenges: An Australian PerspectiveTrends In Southeast Asia 2019 #04: The Indo-Pacific And Its Strategic Challenges: An Australian Perspective by Varghese, Peter

The shift in the framework of Australia's strategic thinking from the Asia-Pacific to the Indo-Pacific reflects the primary focus on the maritime environment in the coming decades and the expectation that over time India will become more embedded in the strategic dynamics of the Asia-Pacific. India is in the midst of a major geopolitical repositioning, as it pursues a hard-headed national interests-based policy and builds stronger strategic ties with a wide range of countries including the United States and its allies in the region.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #03: Exploring The Trade Potential Of The Dftz For Malaysia's SmesTrends In Southeast Asia 2019 #03: Exploring The Trade Potential Of The Dftz For Malaysia's Smes by Tham Siew Yean & Andrew Kam Jia Yi

Malaysia established the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) to facilitate the development of e-commerce and the country's small and medium enterprises' (SMEs') exports. The data revealed thus far indicates an increasing number of SMEs coming on board the DFTZ e-commerce platforms. The overall trend signals that Malaysia is losing its bilateral revealed comparative advantage in exports to China, as well as an increasing use of imports for exporting to China. While the DFTZ facilitates both exports and imports, differing standards and customs processes in different export destinations, including China, will require Malaysian SMEs to know and understand the standards and customs processes governing imports in each export destination involved.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #02: Vietnam's Industrialization Ambitions: The Case Of Vingroup And The Automotive IndustryTrends In Southeast Asia 2019 #02: Vietnam's Industrialization Ambitions: The Case Of Vingroup And The Automotive Industry by Le Hong Hiep

Vietnam has officially admitted its failure to achieve industrialized economy status by 2020. This failure is partly due to its inability to grow a strong local manufacturing base and develop key strategic industries. The participation of Vingroup, the country's largest private conglomerate, in the automotive industry has sparked new hopes for Vietnam's industrialization drive. Challenges that Vinfast faces include its unproven track record in the industry; the limited size of the national car market; the lack of infrastructure to support car usage in Vietnam; the intense competition from foreign brands; and its initial reliance on imported technologies and know-hows. However, Vinfast enjoys certain advantages in the domestic market, including the large potential of the Vietnamese automotive market; its freedom as a new automaker to define its business strategies without having to deal with legacy issues; Vingroup's sound business and financial performance and its ecosystem; strong support from the Vietnamese government; and nationalist sentiments that will encourage certain Vietnamese customers to choose its products.

Fighting Corruption: How The Communist Party Of China WorksFighting Corruption: How The Communist Party Of China Works by Xie Chuntao (Ed.)

This book depicts the new measures and policies adopted by the CPC Central Committee. Since the 18th CPC National Congress, the anti-corruption campaign has received widespread attention and recognition from China and the world. This book highlights the efforts of the CPC to fight corruption and build a clean government for the people. It also shares the CPC's views and meticulous planning on this very pertinent issue. The reader will be able to see the progress and achievements in improving Party conduct, how power is supervised in the government and the positive effects of the disciplinary inspection system.

Unintended Consequences In SingaporeUnintended Consequences In Singapore by Chan, David (Ed.)

When policymakers, communities or advocates make decisions and take actions, they do so with the purpose of achieving some desired goal. But sometimes, unintended consequences occur. These are outcomes that are not the ones intended, anticipated and foreseen by the purposeful decision or action. This book, based on the proceedings at the Behavioural Sciences Institute Conference 2017, explores various issues about unintended consequences in Singapore. Part 1 provides an overview of issues involved in thinking about unintended consequences. Part 2 examines unintended consequences in the context of Singapore's goal to become a smart nation and compares the perspectives between public and private sector organisations on dealing with uncertainty. Part 3 analyses the relationships linking unintended consequences to healthcare outcomes and the management of race relations in Singapore. Part 4 addresses specific questions on unintended consequences in Singapore in terms of the nation's history, immigration, education, meritocracy, civil service culture and mindsets, and relationships between people and government.

After The Coup: The National Council For Peace And Order Era And The Future Of ThailandAfter The Coup: The National Council For Peace And Order Era And The Future Of Thailand by Montesano, Michael J.; T. Chong & M. Heng (Eds.)

After the Coup brings together the work of a group of leading Thai intellectuals of several generations to equip readers to anticipate and understand the developments that lie ahead for Thailand. Contributors offer findings and perspectives both on the disorienting period following the Thai coup of May 2014 and on fundamental challenges to the country and its institutions. Chapters address regionalism and decentralization, the monarchy and the military, the media, demography and the economy, the long-running violence in Southern Thailand, and a number of surprising social and political trends certain to shape the future of Thailand. The volume will serve as a valuable resource for all those concerned with that future.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #01: Emerging Political Configurations In The Run-Up To The 2020 Myanmar ElectionsTrends In Southeast Asia 2019 #01: Emerging Political Configurations In The Run-Up To The 2020 Myanmar Elections by Aung Aung

While facing international pressures relating to Rakhine State, and under tense civil-military relations, political parties are preparing for the 2020 Myanmar general elections. The National League for Democracy (NLD), the ruling party, is taking a more democratic platform focusing on the creation of a democratic federal union, while the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) adopts a more nationalist approach, emphasizing the prevention of foreign interference regarding Rakhine State. Taking lessons from the 2015 Myanmar general elections, and in order to effectively contend with the NLD and the USDP, the ethnic political parties are at the same time merging into single parties and new political parties are now also being registered at the Union Election Commission. The current situation indicates more uncertainty in politics and economic downturns, and many indicators suggest that the NLD is now in a defensive position. But be that as it may, because of Aung San Suu Kyi's personality cult following and the ingrained hatred for the military dictatorship, the NLD is still expected to receive the majority seats in Bamar-dominated regions. It may be at risk in ethnic-dominated states nevertheless.

509: The People Have Spoken - Essays On The Making Of A New Malaysia509: The People Have Spoken - Essays On The Making Of A New Malaysia by Imran Mohd Rasid; Tang Ah Chai Et. Al.

This book is an anthology of essays recording debates and discourses that took place leading up to the 14th General Election. This book takes us back to examine the sequences of events leading up to GE14. Every essay offers an analysis and recording that captures important moments that should be reflected on and remembered by every Malaysian.

9 May 2018: Notes From The Frontline9 May 2018: Notes From The Frontline by Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad

9 May 2018 was the day that the Barisan Nasional was finally brought down after 61 years in power. For Nik Nazmi 9 May 2018 was also a personal milestone, it was his first time standing in a general election at the federal level. How did a coalition of parties which fell apart after GE13 manage to rebuild and take on a government willing to use all of the tools it could to hold onto power? In this book, Nik Nazmi gives his behind-the-scenes take on the political developments in the opposition coalition from the disappointment of GE13 to the ecstasy of GE14. Recalling the fall of the Pakatan Rakyat coalition and the founding of Pakatan Harapan he also gives first-hand experiences of the back room politics, the party conferences, the development of INVOKE, working with then former PM Mahathir Mohamad, as well as insight into the campaigns he worked on in Selangor and Setiawangsa, and in marginal seats from Perlis to Sabah.

Iseas At 50: Understanding Southeast Asia Past And PresentIseas At 50: Understanding Southeast Asia Past And Present by Lee Hsien Loong, Wang Gungwu & Leonard Y. Andaya

This book presents three public lectures given to commemorate the Institute's Golden Anniversary. Professor Leonard Y. Andaya delivered the first lecture entitled "Developments in the Scholarship of Southeast Asia" on 21 February 2018. The second public lecture was delivered by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 13 March 2018. Professor Wang Gungwu delivered the final public lecture entitled "Before Southeast Asia: Passages and Terrains" on 3 October 2018. Collectively, these three public lectures exhort ISEAS to continuously reflect on its research agenda, the region, as well as the contemporary landscape and challenges it has to operate in.

Karpal Singh: Tiger Of Jelutong - The Full BiographyKarpal Singh: Tiger Of Jelutong - The Full Biography by Donoghue, Tim

Karpal Singh is widely regarded as Malaysia's best criminal and constitutional lawyer. Karpal was a fearless advocate for justice and a defender of human rights in South East Asia, and has appeared in the Privy Council in London on a number of occasions before such appeals were abandoned by Malaysia. He is renowned for his defence of many people from many nations who have faced the death penalty under Malaysia's Dangerous Drugs Act. In this revised and updated edition, veteran journalist Tim Donoghue completes the biography of Malaysia's tenacious and principled lawyer-politician.

Singapore Perspectives 2018 - TogetherSingapore Perspectives 2018 - Together by Gee, Christopher; Y. Arivalagan & Fq Chao (Eds.)

Singapore is one of the most rapidly ageing societies in the world. This book is a collection of speeches presented at Singapore Perspectives 2018 by leading thought leaders and eminent speakers on how our economic, political and social institutions can best adapt to and manage a rapidly ageing population. Contributors to this book tackle the urgent need to shape mind-sets, policies and decisions today for the best outcomes for current and future generations.