Club Lunch: Singapore’s Leadership Transition, Prospects for Political Reform, and Implications for its Economic Competitiveness
Date: 27 Jul 2022 12:30 PM — 02:00 PM | Venue: Dining Room
Singapore’s Leadership Transition, Prospects for Political Reform, and Implications for its Economic Competitiveness
|Singapore’s ruling party has proven exceptionally adept at accommodating global shifts, economic pressures, and changing popular sentiments — without significant democratisation or political liberalisation. A new cycle of managed renewal is in the works again, with 49-year-old technocrat Lawrence Wong slated to take over from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. This panel will look at the resilience and contradictions of Singapore’s governance model in the light of Hong Kong’s own dramatic political transformation. It will also discuss the two cities’ shifting positions in the global economy. Cherian George and Donald Low are the co-authors of PAP v PAP: The Party’s Struggle to Adapt to a Changing Singapore, a national non-fiction bestseller when it was released in 2020. Moderated by FCC President Keith Richburg.
Cherian George is professor of media studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. His Air-Conditioned Nation books (2000 and 2020) were recently described by The Economist as “the best introduction to Singapore’s idiosyncratic political system”. His book on Singapore’s media system, Freedom from the Press (2012), won an Asian Publishing Award.
Donald Low is senior lecturer and professor of practice in public policy at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, as well as director of the Institute for Emerging Market Studies. He is the author of Hard Choices: Challenging the Singapore Consensus (2014), and the editor of Behavioural Economics and Policy Design: Examples from Singapore (2011).