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Title: Governing Singapore: The Group Representation Constituency (GRC) system and its effect on inclusiveness and electoral participation
Authors: Sun, Tsai-Wei
Contributors: 國研中心
Keywords: Singapore;Accountability;Good governance;Group representation constituencies;Inclusiveness;Ethnic equality
Date: 2015
Issue Date: 2015-12-09 17:19:03 (UTC+8)
Abstract: Purpose– The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of the Group Representation Constituency (GRC) system on the governance of Singapore, particularly in terms of equity and inclusiveness, accountability, and participation. Design/methodology/approach– Historical review and election data from Singapore government web site are used. Findings– The GRC system seems to be friendlier and fairer toward ethnic minorities than the traditional system. The GRC system also encourages political parties to be ethnically more inclusive. On the other hand, however, the GRC system has negative effects on opposition parties. A government cannot be called “accountable” if it lacks fair competition and sufficient popular participation. Originality/value– The Singapore experience shows that, in practice, ethnic equality/inclusiveness and even political stability on the one hand, and participation and accountability on the other hand, can present conflicts. Which value should receive priority thus requires serious consideration.
Relation: Asian Education and Development Studies, Vol. 4 Iss: 3, pp.282 - 298
Data Type: article
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