Disavowing Liberalism


Disavowing Liberalism: the political legitimacy and longevity of the People's Action Party in Singapore

Hosted by Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre

NAB.1.04, New Academic Building


Professor Chua Beng Huat

Professor Chua Beng Huat


Dr Jürgen Haacke

Dr Jürgen Haacke

Singapore is generally seen as a model success story of global capitalism. However, this talk will argue that it is the institutionalization of certain ‘socialist’ elements during the early years of Singapore’s state formation by the People’s Action Party (PAP) that accounts for the party’s longevity in parliamentary power.  The universal provision of public houses, state-owned enterprises and sovereign wealth funds are some such examples of this. In fact, the contributions of these socially redistributive institutions to the social and political stability of Singapore support the disavowal of political liberalism as the teleology of the states’ political development. 

Chua Beng Huat is currently Head of Urban Studies, Yale-NUS College and Professor of Sociology, National University of Singapore. His most recent book is Liberalism Disavowed: communitarianism and state capitalism in Singapore (2017) and he is the founding Co-Executive Editor of the journal, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies

Jürgen Haacke is Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, within the Institute of Global Affairs, and Associate Professor of International Relations at LSE.

The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) is a cross-disciplinary, regionally-focused academic centre within the Institute of Global Affairs at LSE.

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