Garry Rodan


Human rights, Singaporean style

While there has been a lull in the debate over 'Asian values' since the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, the concept never disappeared. The development of a regional human-rights commission constitutes a fresh battleground where competing views are playing out. As in the past, the main...

Singapore's founding myths vs freedom

The Singapore government hoped for significant returns when it invested approximately $85 million to host the September 2006 meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. After all, the 16,000 delegates represented a captive audience to promote the Singapore’s finance and tourism industries. What...

Singapore ‘exceptionalism’? Authoritarian rule and state transformation

The capacity of the People’s Action Party (PAP) of Singapore to continually reproduce an authoritarian regime stands in sharp contrast with the situation in Taiwan and South Korea. Yet there is nothing theoretically exceptional to this case. Singapore’s political institutions, as elsewhere, are the product...

Conflict and the new political participation in Southeast Asia

Garry Rodan and Kanishka Jayasuriya argue that governments in the region need to be identified not in terms of institutional attributes but in terms of the spaces of political participation they establish through which certain forms of conflicts are managed, ameliorated or contained.

Managing the contradictions

Behind the execution of Nguyen Tuong Van lies a repressive city-state whose problems are becoming clearer, says Garry Rodan.