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Hard Choices Singapore Is Changing The Consensus That The PAP Government Has Constructed And Maintained Over Five Decades Is Fraying The Assumptions That Underpin Singaporean Exceptionalism Are No Longer Accepted As Easily And Readily As Before Among These Are The Ideas That The Country Is Uniquely Vulnerable, That This Vulnerability Limits Its Policy And Political Options, That Good Governance Demands A Degree Of Political Consensus That Ordinary Democratic Arrangements Cannot Produce, And That The Country S Success Requires A Competitive Meritocracy Accompanied By Relatively Little Income Or Wealth Redistribution But The Policy And Political Conundrums That Singapore Faces Today Are Complex And Defy Easy Answers Confronted With A Political Landscape That Is Likely To Become Contested, How Should The Government Respond What Reforms Should It Pursue This Collection Of Essays Suggests That A Far Reaching And Radical Rethinking Of The Country S Policies And Institutions Is Necessary, Even If It Weakens The Very Consensus That Enabled Singapore To Succeed In Its First Fifty Years


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10 thoughts on “Hard Choices

  1. says:

    The main takeaway from this book for me was writing style I realised the importance of that, especially when presenting controversial and new ideas At the beginning of the book, the essays presented a bunch of sweeping statements and generalisations that I found hard to


  2. says:

    The opening line of this book is as followsSingapore s economic success masks some uncomfortable truths about life in this city state The text is very neatly organised into three sections I The Limits of Singapore ExceptionalismII Policy Alternatives for Post Consensus SingaporeI


  3. says:

    A thought provoking set of essays The main writer Donald Low is persuasive about how widening income inequality in Singapore is destroying the social compact between the government and the people He argues for income redistribution and the strengthening of social nets, and against the shi


  4. says:

    Hard Choices is a collection of essays that examines Singapore s socioeconomic status and policies Its central argument is that Singapore should ditch her aversion to social welfare, and offerredistributive policies in light of the widening income inequality and aging population The first few ess


  5. says:

    One of the better collection of essays on Singapore politics, policies and the polity since Cherian George s The Air Conditioned Nation.


  6. says:

    Thomas Friedman on Singapore s key strengths It is small and thus can be very agile and flexible and forge political consensuseasily , and it has no natural resources and so will never suffer from the complacency or resource curse that has blighted many resource rich countries Vulnerability is not necessarily objec


  7. says:

    Collections of essays, much like orchestras, require a masterful shepherding of individual talent into a symphony No symphony has ever emerged from a book on Singapore, with many of the musicians inept at playing their own instruments in the first place While a handful of essays contained nuggets of information which the re


  8. says:

    This book showed me that economics and policy making isn t really my cup of tea I found the use of academic, theoretical models to assess the effectiveness of policies governance less useful than comparative case studies For sure there were good points covered in the introduction of the book our rising income inequality, strong posi


  9. says:

    Good collection of thought provoking essays, questioning some of the basic assumptions behind Singapore s public policies.


  10. says:

    The book presents refreshing ideas about the state of Singapore chiefly on societal and political terms It challenges existing, well entrenched narratives that have been indoctrinated in many, not for the sake of being subversive or anti establishment, but to explore new ways forward operating in the new normal that is a highly educated populace inha


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