Chua Beng Huat, Liberalism Disavowed: Communitarianism and State Capitalism in Singapore, NUS Press, 2017
In Liberalism Disavowed, Chua Beng Huat examines the rejection of Western-style liberalism in Singapore and the way the People’s Action Party has forged an independent non-Western ideology.
This book explains the evolution of this communitarian ideology, with focus on three areas: public housing, multiracialism and state capitalism, each of which poses different challenges to liberal approaches. With the passing of the first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew and the end of the Cold War, the party is facing greater challenges from an educated populace that demands greater voice. This has led to liberalization of the cultural sphere, greater responsiveness and shifts in political rhetoric, but all without disrupting the continuing hegemony of the PAP in government.
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Contextualizing Singapore: Antipathy to Liberalism
Chapter 2 Singapore State Formation in the Cold War Era
Chapter 3 Liberalism Disavowed
Chapter 4 Disrupting Private Property Rights: National Public Housing Program
Chapter 5 Disrupting Free Market: State Capitalism and Social Distribution
Chapter 6 Governing Race: State Multiracialism and Social Stability
Chapter 7 Cultural Liberalization without Liberalism
Conclusion An Enduring System