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Embracing electronic media but suppressing civil society: Authoritarian consolidation in Singapore

Rodan, G. (2003) Embracing electronic media but suppressing civil society: Authoritarian consolidation in Singapore. The Pacific Review, 16 (4). pp. 503-524.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0951274032000132236
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Abstract

In contrast with some other parts of Southeast Asia, challenges to media controls in Singapore have been limited and ineffectual. Lately the government has been refining legislation to try and keep it that way. But this strategy is not principally based on the unrealistic objective of direct information control. Rather, preventing the emergence of organized social and political forces that could lead to a genuine civil society lies at the heart of the strategy. One of the factors that serves to reinforce the government's agenda here is the high degree of direct and indirect dependence on the state by Singaporeans for social and economic resources. This translates into vulnerability to political persecution and caution by social and political actors. Meanwhile, the promotion of Singapore as an 'infocommunication hub' has met with a positive response from global media organizations. New electronic media businesses appear just as capable of being reconciled with the authoritarian regime as more established media have proven to be.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Asia Research Centre
Publisher: Routledge
Copyright: (c) 2003 Taylor & Francis Ltd
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/757
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