Securitising Singapore: State Power and Global Threats Management

1st Edition

Syed Mohammed Ad’ha Aljunied

July 31, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 184 Pages
ISBN 9780367262174 - CAT# 307419
Series: Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series

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Aljunied examines how the Singaporean government developed a comprehensive state-society strategic relationship by ‘securitising’ vital policy areas due to Singapore’s vulnerability as a global city-state.

In the 21st Century, the Singaporean government has strategically renewed an existing form of authoritarian rule by ‘militarising’ national security governance. The overall effect is to widen and deepen state power. Senior military-trained civilian political leaders and bureaucrats use military personnel, command and control, terminology and strategy of war to deal with non-traditional security challenges leading to the state’s further domination over civil liberty and civil society. Aljunied analyses the information and communication, health, and climate-environment sectors. The case studies highlight the way the Singaporean government has used varying forms of political engagement, surveillance, and legislation to limit civil liberty and inhibit the development of civil society.

A valuable resource for researchers and students of Singapore Studies as well as for Security Studies readers with an interest in the Global-Local nexus in a small state context. This book is a pioneering scholarly effort on the national security framework and the use of non-traditional security discourse to strengthen state power and social stability at the expense of political liberalism.

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