The Ideology of Pragmatism: Neo-liberal Globalisation and Political Authoritarianism in Singapore

  title={The Ideology of Pragmatism: Neo-liberal Globalisation and Political Authoritarianism in Singapore},
  author={Kenneth Tan},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Asia},
  pages={67 - 92}
  • K. Tan
  • Published 1 February 2012
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Contemporary Asia
Abstract This article uncovers the strongly ideological quality in Singapore's theory and practice of pragmatism. It also points to a strongly pragmatic quality in the ideological negotiations that play out within the dynamics of hegemony. In this complex relationship, the combination of ideological and pragmatic manoeuvring over the decades has resulted in the historic political dominance of the People's Action Party (PAP) government in partnership with global capital. But in an evolving… 
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