Voting in a time of coronavirus: Discretion, the better part of valor


Academic Views

Chong Ja Ian, Harvard-Yenching Institute Visiting Scholar 2019-2020, discusses the risks—from both public health and other perspectives—of holding a General Election when COVID-19 remains at large. Without a doubt, Singapore is in an extraordinary situation. It faces an ongoing pandemic, as does much of the world. Beyond disease control, there will be the challenges of responding […]

March 21, 2020

Countering the coronavirus: Transparency, capacity and community matter more than regime type


Academic Views

Chong Ja Ian, Harvard-Yenching Institute Visiting Scholar 2019-2020, discusses claims that authoritarian political systems are better able to handle the COVID-19 crisis than are more open ones. Currently making mainstream and social media rounds are claims that authoritarian systems or places with supposed “Confucian values” are better than more open political systems at handling public […]

March 17, 2020

An election budget and signposts for the future


Academic Views

Walid Jumblatt Abdullah, an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Global Affairs at Nanyang Technological University, discusses the politics of the 2020 Singapore Budget. ‘Will this year’s budget be a General Election Budget?’ Janadas Devan, Director of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), posed this question to Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Heng Swee […]

March 9, 2020

Budget 2020: Less Than Meets The Eye


Academic Views

Linda Lim, Professor Emerita at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, questions whether the latest annual Budget adequately addresses the need for long-term economic transformation in Singapore. There is much to approve of in DPM Heng Swee Keat’s 2020 Budget.   First, running a budget deficit (revenues less than expenditures) is appropriate to prop up […]

February 25, 2020