Social Policy in Post-Industrial Singapore


Notwithstanding the lean years that followed 1986 and 1997, sustained economic growth since the late 1970s has propelled Singapore into the post-industrial age and reproduced the demographic and social structure of advanced western societies. The rapid shift to a knowledge-intensive economy requiring highly-skilled services has resulted in a 'two-speed' society consisting of a highly competitive but rewarding sector and a marginalized population that is increasingly at risk. Being avowedly anti-welfarist, the state for ideological reasons has resisted pressures to introduce a comprehensive welfare regime for its risk population, preferring to privilege its productive citizenry. Is Singapore a counter-factual to the convergence thesis, by preferring to put in place a social policy driven by the belief of its leaders that the more successful a society is the more it is able to care for those who fall behind?
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Biographical Note

Lian Kwen Fee is Associate Professor in Sociology at the National University of Singapore. His research interests are in race, state, migration, and citizenship. Tong Chee Kiong teaches in the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore. He was educated at the University of Singapore and Cornell University. Chee Kiong's primary research areas are in the Sociology of Religion, Ethnicity and Ethnic Relations and Chinese business networks.

Table of contents

Social Policy Issues in a Post-Industrial Society - Tong Chee Kiong and Lian Kwen Fee Is There a Social Policy in Singapore - Lian Kwen Fee Family Policies: Interface of Gender, Work, and the Sacredization of Child - Paulin Tay Straughan Social Policy for the Aged in Singapore - Angelique Chan Education, Globalization and Equality - Anne Raffin Supporting Industrialization: Investing in Human Resources - Alexius Pereira Management of Foreign Manpower - Md. Mizanur Rahman Household Production as a Moderator in Singapore’s Economic Development - Euston Quah & Lim Sze How Heritage Policies in Singapore - Brenda S.A. Yeoh & Shirlena Huang Culture and the Arts: Intrusion in Political Space - Chua Beng Huat Criminal Justice Policy: Social Order, Risk And the “Governmental Project” - Narayanan Ganapathy Decoding Sexual Policy in Singapore - Laurence Leong Wai Teng Convergence with a Twist: East Asian Welfare Capitalism in Comparative Perspective - Volker H. Schmidt


Students, teachers, and parctitioners interested in the development of social policy in a post-industrial society in East Asia, and social policy issues in general.