China and the “Singapore Model”

  title={China and the “Singapore Model”},
  author={Stephan Ortmann and Mark R. Thompson},
  journal={Journal of Democracy},
  pages={39 - 48}
Following the death of Singapore’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew in March 2015, China remains obsessed with Singapore, the only country in the region to achieve advanced economic industrialization without undergoing substantial political liberalization. The key “lesson” that China is trying to learn is how to combine authoritarian rule with “good governance” (“meritocratic” one-party rule). The impact of the “Singapore model” on China shows that learning by nondemocratic states is not… 
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