The Ruling Elite of Singapore

The Ruling Elite of Singapore : Networks of Power and Influence

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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 - the city-state of Singapore. He argues that the contemporary networks of power are a deliberate project initiated and managed by Lee Kuan Yew - former prime minister and Singapore's 'founding father' - designed to empower himself and his family. Barr identifies the crucial institutions of power - including the country's sovereign wealth funds, and the government-linked companies - 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 Yew's son, Lee Hsien Loong, assuming power, and considers the possibility of a more fundamental democratic shift in Singapore's political system.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 25mm | 511g
  • I.B. Tauris
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 12 bw integrated
  • 1780762348
  • 9781780762340
  • 30,239

Table of contents


1 Introduction
2 Floor plan of the elite
3 The creation and entrenchment of a national elite
4 Lee Kuan Yew supreme
5 Making a new elite
6 A new chapter: the son rises at last
7 Mapping the networks of power and influence
8 Singapore without Lee Kuan Yew

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Review quote

'a major contribution to the study of Singapore politics' - Garry Rodan, Journal of Contemporary Asia;
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About Michael D. Barr

Michael D. Barr is Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Flinders University, Australia. He is Editor-in-Chief of Asian Studies Review and the author of Cultural Politics and Asian Values (2002), Paths Not Taken: Political Pluralism in Post-War Singapore (edited with C. Trocki, 2008), Constructing Singapore (with Z. Skrbis, 2008), Lee Kuan Yew (2000, 2009), and Singapore: A Modern History (I.B. Tauris, forthcoming).
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