Singapore–Smart City Smart State


July 15, 2017

Singapore –Smart City Smart State

I am in the process of completing my read of Kent E. Calder’s excellent book, Singapore, Smart City Smart State. I must admit upfront that I am an admirer of Singapore and the city state’s leadership going back to Mr. Lee Kuan Yew and his team of brilliant men to  Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his colleagues.

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Calder’s book, therefore, intrigues me. In it,  Professor  Calder provides clear answers why Singapore  can serve as a model of unique governance for other advanced  economic economies and  the emerging world.

He believes “…its sustainable state and urban policy model, leveraged by the Digital Revolution and the Internet of Things, provides such a fresh and apt perspective on governance in today’s world.It shows how to tackle the challenges of transnational importance in a world where markets are almost completely globalized, but governance is not. As Singapore is an economically advanced  and technically sophisticated city-state, in the heart of the developing world, its example is not only timely but also broadly relevant. It provides insights for dealing with both G-7 welfare- state crises and also the epic rural-to-urban transition under way in the developing world, in an era of historic technological change” (p.163 of the book).–Din Merican

2 thoughts on “Singapore–Smart City Smart State

  1. Warning. Many Asian Countries have plans to replicate the city state of Singapore in their own countries. China has already taken the lead and India is in the process. It no longer a launching matter.

  2. Quote:- “Professor Calder provides clear answers why Singapore can serve as a model of unique governance for other advanced economic economies and the emerging world”

    The good professor clearly forgot to mention the “unique” ability of Singapore to recognize, source for and retain top talent from a neighboring country which at the same time displays a “unique” penchant for giving such talent away, and Singapore did not, as far as I know, said a word of thanks.

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