Abstract

The 2011 parliamentary election clearly demonstrated that Singapore has transformed into a competitive authoritarian regime. Not only did the ruling People’s Action Party’s share of the popular vote decline and the opposition win the most seats ever, there was meaningful contestation for ruling power for the first time. As a result of the government's liberalization of the Internet, opposition parties were able to grow in strength by attracting more qualified candidates and an unprecedented number of volunteers. Besides signifying political change in Singapore, the election also worried Chinese leaders, who are trying to copy Singapore's authoritarian state-capitalism.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 153-164
Launched on MUSE
2011-10-14
Open Access
No
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