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Is Singapore a unique form of democracy The Singapore government has captured the imagination of the West having been described as authoritarian and undemocratic yet enjoying a baffling run of economic success generally achieved by free democratic capitalist states Its success has lent justification to the formation of the Singapore School that championed a separate Asian-style democracy that eschews some of the accepted features of liberal democracy in favour of greater state control This has divided critics over the legitimacy of democracy Singapore-style This paper by looking at Asian-style democracy vis a vis liberal democracy and through examining the extent to which democratic institutions are present in Singapore hopes to determine if Singapore is truly a unique form of democracy or if it is simply authoritarianism by another name Democracy is a contentious term to define replete with numerous qualifications and caveats The common definition of of the people for the people by the people captures the spirit of the concept but doesnt advance an understanding of what constitutes a democracy Neher and Marlay 1995 note that democracy recognizes individual rights and places less belligerent leaderships in place They outline what constitutes a democracy as citizen participation in choosing the government political competition between candidates and government recognition of civil and political rights Ooi 2000 concurs adding that democracy after all has been regarded as constituting first legal guarantees of citizens to participate in the formulation of policies Second democracy also means the institutionalization of specific political freedoms including freedom of speech association and judicial rights as well as representative control over the executive and the bureaucracy Political contestation is legally ensured and considered legitimate and democracy is also seen to include popular accountability Neher and Marlay 1995 also point out that variables that contribute to the development of democracy include economic development the rise of a middle class indigent cultures given to tolerance and compromise and international links to other
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