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Democratization Of Singapore From 1957-2004

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Technical Report

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Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

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Economic development achieved through an authoritarian model of leadership allowed Singapore to become a strong state. Linkages to the West through Singapores systematic industrialization and development policies build on aspects of Singapores colonial legacy under the leadership of Lee Kuan Yew, these connections powered the transformation of Singapore economically, socially, structurally, and technologically. On the other hand, Lee and his ruling Peoples Action Party PAP consistently limited the speed and extent of democratic progress in Singapore, including resisting the leverage that the thoroughgoing connections to the West might otherwise have given reformers and opponents in Singapore. This thesis examines how the evolution of the political system of Singapore, leadership, and PAP policies influenced the democratization process in Singapore it finds key continuities in this development and also examines the potential for democratic change.

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  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science

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