The Cost of Membership in Ascribed Community CHUA BENG HUAT

Chua Beng Huat

in Multiculturalism in Asia

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780199277629
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603303 | DOI:
 						The Cost of Membership in Ascribed Community CHUA BENG HUAT

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This chapter explores communitarianism and single-party dominance in Singapore. It argues that communitariasnism as a political ideology is a discursive resource available to all contesting parties. In Singapore, after nearly forty years of People’s Action Party (PAP) rule, the positive outcomes in various areas of social life of the logic of ‘governance by groups’ will have a lasting impact on Singaporeans. Political parties seeking to contest political power could do worse than adopting the communitarian orientation of the PAP.

Keywords: liberalism; communitarianism; multiculturalism; Singapore

Chapter.  11536 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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