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Impressions of the Goh Chok Tong Years in Singapore
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Singapore experiences substantial changes during the 14-year tenure of the country's second Prime Minister, Goh Chok Tong (1990-2004). Coming after a long period of growth and stability, the period brought to office a new generation of political leaders who faced the task of sustaining and building the policies of their predecessors. There were social and cultural initiatives and significant challenges to the economy arising from the Asian financial crisis of 1998 and the SARS outbreak in 2003. This volume examines the changes that took place during the Goh premiership and assesses its legacy. The 45 essays collected in this volume review a range of issues from domestic politics and foreign policy to economic development, society, culture, the arts and media.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. xvi-xxii
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  1. Goh Gallery
  2. pp. xxiii-xxvii
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  1. Introduction: A Redefined Singapore
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. PART I
  1. 1 Succeeding Charisma
  2. pp. 27-33
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  1. 2 A Journalist’s Note on a Quiet Rebel
  2. pp. 34-39
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  1. 3 Re-Imagining the Nation: Goh Chok Tong’s Singapore
  2. pp. 40-49
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  1. 4 Public Administration: Change in Style and Continuity in Policy
  2. pp. 50-60
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  1. 5 Goh’s Consensus Politics of Authoritarian Rule
  2. pp. 61-70
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  1. 6 Electoral Battles and Innovations: Recovering Lost Ground
  2. pp. 71-82
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  1. 7 Constructing a “Constructive” Opposition
  2. pp. 83-92
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  1. 8 Pruning the Banyan Tree? Civil Society in Goh’s Singapore
  2. pp. 93-106
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  1. 9 Negotiating Boundaries: OB Markers and the Law
  2. pp. 107-116
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  1. PART II
  1. 10 Forging New Frontiers: Goh Chok Tong’s Foreign Policy Legacy1
  2. pp. 119-127
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  1. 11 Goh Chok Tong the Multilateralist
  2. pp. 128-134
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  1. 12 Connecting the Dot: Singapore in ASEAN
  2. pp. 135-143
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  1. 13 Confronting the Weight of History: Singapore and Key Neighbours
  2. pp. 144-152
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  1. 14 Shooting Rapids in a Canoe: Singapore and Great Powers1
  2. pp. 153-164
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  1. 15 Goh to America: Mirrored Contradictory Images
  2. pp. 165-177
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  1. 16 Maturing the Singapore Armed Forces: From Poisonous Shrimp to Dolphin
  2. pp. 178-187
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  1. 17 Hardening National Security: Emergence of an Agile Scorpion
  2. pp. 188-197
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  1. PART III
  1. 18 Transforming the Engines of Growth 1
  2. pp. 201-219
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  1. 19 The Economist Prime Minister
  2. pp. 220-229
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  1. 20 Spreading the Benefi ts of Growth and Managing Inequality
  2. pp. 230-239
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  1. 21 Educating the Next Generation
  2. pp. 240-251
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  1. 22 Prescribing New Economic Medicine for Healthcare
  2. pp. 252-264
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  1. 23 Bolstering Population Growth: From Babies to Immigrants
  2. pp. 265-276
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  1. 24 Reshaping Urban Space: From a Tropical to Global City
  2. pp. 277-287
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  1. 25 Moving from Survival to Sustainability in the Environment
  2. pp. 288-298
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  1. PART IV
  1. 26 Navigating Transnationalism: Immigration and Reconfigured Ethnicity
  2. pp. 301-312
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  1. 27 Sailing a Steady Ship: Goh Chok Tong’s Multiculturalism
  2. pp. 313-323
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  1. 28 Chinese-Singaporean Identity: Subtle Change Amidst Continuity
  2. pp. 324-335
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  1. 29 Dilemma and Anguish of the Chinese-Educated
  2. pp. 336-349
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  1. 30 A New Dawn in PAP-Malay Relations?
  2. pp. 350-362
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  1. 31 Winning Over the Malay Community: The Politics of Engagement
  2. pp. 363-374
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  1. 32 The Man Who Nurtured Indians and Started the India Fever
  2. pp. 375-386
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  1. 33 Women in the Goh Era: Chartering Empowerment
  2. pp. 387-398
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  1. 34 Soft Exterior, Hard Core: Policies towards Gays
  2. pp. 399-408
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  1. 35 Networked Society in an Intelligent Nation: Laying the Foundation
  2. pp. 409-446
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  1. PART V
  1. 36 To the Market: Cultural Policy Amidst Contestation
  2. pp. 425-435
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  1. 37 Liberalising Culture
  2. pp. 436-443
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  1. 38 No News Here: Media in Subordination
  2. pp. 444-450
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  1. 39 Curious Connections: TalkingCock.com and PM Goh
  2. pp. 451-458
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  1. 40 Singapore Sports: Heyday, Hollowness and New Heights
  2. pp. 459-469
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  1. 41 Broadening Horizons: Emergence of Contemporary Art in Singapore
  2. pp. 470-478
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  1. 42 Redefining the National Museum: New Reflections on Heritage
  2. pp. 479-490
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  1. 43 Reviving Singapore Cinema: New Perspectives
  2. pp. 491-500
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  1. 44 Missed Opportunities for a Humane Style: Singapore Architecture
  2. pp. 501-512
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 513-537
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 538-546
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