By Jothie Rajah
Students have often assumed that authoritarianism and rule of legislations are collectively incompatible. confident that unfastened markets and rule of legislation needs to tip authoritarian societies in a liberal path, approximately all stories of legislations and modern politics have overlooked that inconceivable coupling: authoritarian rule of legislation. via a spotlight on Singapore, this e-book provides an research of authoritarian legalism. It exhibits how prosperity, public discourse, and a rigorous observance of criminal strategy have enabled a reconfigured rule of legislations such that liberal shape encases intolerant content material. associations and method on the bedrock of rule of legislations and liberal democracy develop into instruments to constrain dissent whereas augmenting discretionary political strength - at the same time the nationwide and foreign legitimacy of the nation is secured. With China seeing classes to be discovered in Singapore, as do any variety of regimes trying to mirror Singapore's pairing of prosperity and social keep watch over, this booklet bargains a priceless and unique contribution to knowing the complexities of legislation, language, and legitimacy in our time.
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We faced a bleak future. We had no natural resources. A small islandnation in the middle of newly independent and nationalistic countries of Indonesia and Malaysia. 96 The trauma of an imposed nationhood layers onto other events in Singapore’s past to augment the trope of vulnerability: the Japanese Tong Chee Kiong, Rationalising Religion: Religious Conversion, Revivalism and Competition in Singapore Society (Leiden: Brill, 2007). 92 In Singapore, as in other former colonies, social categories such as ‘race’, ‘religion’, ‘law’ and ‘nation’ are vehicles of concepts and belief systems “authored and authorised by colonialism and Western domination” but adopted and renewed by the nation-state: Gyan Prakash, ‘Subaltern Studies as Postcolonial Criticism’ (1994) 99:5 American Historical Review 1475.
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Authoritarian Rule of Law: Legislation, Discourse and Legitimacy in Singapore by Jothie Rajah