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A not-so-useful additional piece of information regarding Singapore’s governance system

Continuing from here, this is an extract from: Governance and Bureaucracy in Singapore: Contemporary Reforms and Implications – M. Shamsul Haque, International Political Science Review, Vol. 25, No. 2 (Apr., 2004), pp. 227-240

Unfortunately, the article is pretty superficial and doesn’t get to the bottom of the governance system details. Nevertheless, it may be helpful as part of a broader analysis I hope to undertake in the coming weeks/ months (time permitting).

Btw, the incapability of “economists” in analysing the governance machine is what I mean when I say that most “economists” are very superficial.


First, although Singapore inherited the same British model of governance as other Commonwealth states, its governing system has become widely known for efficiency and competence, especially in terms of its role in generating an “economic miracle.

the Singapore government has adopted some major components of business-oriented public administration (sometimes called the “new public management”) which evolved in the advanced capitalist nations during the 1980s and 1990s (Haque, 2001). In general, the two main components of this business-oriented public management are the disaggregation of various ministries, departments, and agencies into autonomous executive agencies with greater autonomy and the delegation to these autonomous agencies of financial and managerial authority for formulating and implementing programs based on final results or outcomes, rather than inputs and processes (Haque, 2003).


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