The Ruling Elite of Singapore

The Ruling Elite of Singapore

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Michael Barr explores the complex and covert networks of power at work in one of the world's most prosperous countries a€“ the city-state of Singapore. He argues that the contemporary networks of power are a deliberate project initiated and managed by Lee Kuan Yew a€“ former prime minister and Singaporea€™s a€˜founding fathera€™ a€“ designed to empower himself and his family. Barr identifies the crucial institutions of power - including the countrya€™s sovereign wealth funds, and the government-linked companies a€“ together with five critical features that form the key to understanding the nature of the networks. He provides an assessment of possible shifts of power within the elite in the wake of Lee Kuan Yewa€™s son, Lee Hsien Loong, assuming power, and considers the possibility of a more fundamental democratic shift in Singaporea€™s political system.... the role of the civil service, the centrality of his own family, the importance of modernisation a€“ has been explored in several ... The anonymous reviewer went so far as to argue that the Sinicisation is a contingent and reversible development and is not a fundamental shift. ... Singapore: Singapore Press Holdings, 2011, p.

Title:The Ruling Elite of Singapore
Author: Michael D. Barr
Publisher:I.B.Tauris - 2014-01-17

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