China's ‘Singapore Model’ and Authoritarian Learning

1st Edition

Stephan Ortmann, Mark R. Thompson

April 13, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 240 Pages - 5 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138388390 - CAT# K400062
Series: Routledge/City University of Hong Kong Southeast Asia Series

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This book explores to what extent China has drawn lessons from Singapore, both in terms of its ruling ideology and through the policy-specific learning process. In so doing, it provides insights into the opportunities but also the challenges of this long-term learning process, focusing attention to how non-democratic regimes deal with modernization.

The stellar line-up of international contributors, from China, Singapore, Europe, and the U.S., offer a variety of perspectives on Singapore as a model of "authoritarian modernism" for China. The book discusses how the small Southeast Asian city-state became a major reference point for China, how mainland observers often misunderstood the nature of Singapore’s governance and instrumentalized it to bolster the CCP’s legitimacy, and why the Singapore model appears to be in decline under Xi Jinping. Chapters also analyzes policy-specific learning processes, including bilateral mechanisms of policy exchange, the Chinese "mayor’s class" in Singapore, joint industrial projects and lessons in social welfare provision.

The book will be of interest to academics working on Chinese politics, development in China, State, society and economy in the Asia-Pacific, International relations in the Asia-Pacific and Southeast Asian politics.

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