China’s ‘Singapore Model’ and Authoritarian Learning

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages224
ISBN (Electronic)9780429425554
ISBN (Print)9781138388390
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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NameRoutledge/City University of Hong Kong Southeast Asia Studies


This book explores to what extent China has drawn lessons from Singapore, both in terms of its ruling ideology and through policy-specific learning. In so doing, it provides insights into the opportunities but also the challenges of this long-term learning process, focusing attention to how non-democratic regimes deal with modernization.

The stellar lineup of international contributors, from China, Singapore, Europe, and the US, offers a variety of perspectives on Singapore as a model of “authoritarian modernism” for China. The book discusses how the small Southeast Asian city-state became a major reference point for China, how mainland observers often misunderstood the nature of Singapore’s governance and instrumentalized it to bolster the CCP’s legitimacy, and why the Singapore model appears to be in decline under Xi Jinping. The chapters also analyze policy-specific learning processes, including bilateral mechanisms of policy exchange, the Chinese “mayor’s class” in Singapore, and joint industrial projects and lessons in social welfare provision.

The book will be of interest to academics working on Chinese politics; development in China; state, society, and economy in the Asia-Pacific; international relations in the Asia-Pacific; and Southeast Asian politics.

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  • Singapore model, China, Authoritarianism, Political learning

Citation Format(s)

China’s ‘Singapore Model’ and Authoritarian Learning. / Ortmann, Stephan (Editor); Thompson, Mark R. (Editor).
London: Routledge, 2020. 224 p. (Routledge/City University of Hong Kong Southeast Asia Studies).

Research output: Scholarly Books, Monographs, Reports and Case Studies (RGC: 11, 13, 14, 48, 49)14_Edited book (Editor)