Authoritarian governance and Singapore's developmental state: The roundtable

15 Apr 2019 (Mon)

Roundtable participants:

Cherian George is professor of media studies at Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Communication. His research focuses on media freedom, censorship, and hate propaganda around the world. He has published two collections of essays on Singapore politics: Singapore, Incomplete: Reflections on a First World Nation’s Arrested Political Development (2017) and Singapore: The Air-Conditioned Nation – Essays on the Politics of Comfort and Control (2000). His other books include Freedom from the Press: Journalism and State Power in Singapore (2012). He was a political journalist with The Straits Times in Singapore before moving to academia.

Donald Low is a faculty member at the Division of Public Policy at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology as well as its Director of Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education. He was formerly the Associate Dean (Research and Executive Education) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. His research interests include economics in public policy, inequality and social spending, behavioural economics, public finance, organisational change, and governance and politics in Singapore. He served fifteen years in the Singapore government, holding various senior positions. He is the editor of Behavioural Economics and Policy Design: Examples from Singapore (2011) and Hard Choices: Challenging the Singapore Consensus (2014).

Stephan Ortmann is an assistant professor in the Department of Asian and International Studies of City University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on political transformations, civil society, and contentious politics in Asia. He is the author of and Environmental Governance in Vietnam: Institutional Reforms and Failures (2017), Politics and Change in Singapore and Hong Kong (2010), Managed Crisis: Legitimacy and the National Threat in Singapore.


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