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The Shift toward Deliberation

December 12, 2017

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by Theodore Lai Throughout much of Singapore’s history, the PAP government has prided itself on consistently attaining electoral support of the majority. In spite of this, the government continues to be plagued with accusations of authoritarianism. The situation invites us to ask the question: Does this electoral support reflect a form of political representation that […]

The role of Complain Kings and Queens in a democratic society: Examining public discourse in Singapore

December 7, 2017

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by Phang Zi Xin The Singaporean state is often described generously as a developmental state that prides itself on “delivering the goods” and prioritizing the long term over the short term (Chua, 1995, p. 74; Lee, 2011, p. 90). It cites its ability to significantly raise the average living standards in record speed as reasons […]

The Need for Environmental Democracy

December 7, 2017

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by Darrel Chang This is part two of a two-part essay. The Need for Environmental Democracy In my previous article, I delineated how justice demands an “environmental egalitarianism” built upon Martha Nussbaum’s list of “basic capabilities,” wherein environmental rights are taken as prior to the capabilities that constitute a “fully human” being because egalitarianism presupposes […]

Voting with your ‘Like’: Investigating democratic values in the community of Facebook

December 7, 2017

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by Seow Yongzhi Alexis de Tocqueville observed in 1835 that in the transition from aristocracy to democracy, the tight hierarchical organisation of society dissolved into a broad horizontal mass of equal individuals. The challenge for democratic organisation, characterised by social equality, was collective organisation without a built-in leader. Tocqueville’s solution was the newspaper that could […]

Public Participation in Times of the Migrant Crisis

December 6, 2017

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by Aaron Kurzak Germany’s “Willkommenskultur”, or welcoming culture towards migrants and refugees from the Middle East and North Africa beginning in the summer of 2015 garnered great praise from around the world. However, within the European Union and in particular on the domestic front, Chancellor Merkel’s unilateral tour de force has faced stiff opposition and […]

Why Not Replace Election with Sortition?

December 6, 2017

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by Hoon Hee Lee “The appointment of magistrates by lot is thought to be democratic and the election of them oligarchic.” — Aristotle[1]   It seemed as if the world leaders had finally come to their senses when they ratified the Paris Agreement, before it was all too late to save the drowning polar bears […]

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