When I was notified about Barr’s new book, I jumped at the chance to read and review it.
This book will probably take you more than a couple of hours to read, if you’re reading it carefully. I like to keep in mind that it takes the author/scholar/historian far more than 10x that amount of time to research, write, and edit the book!
I posted a review of Michael Barr’s other book, The Ruling Elite of Singapore, back in March 2014. Holy Smokes, that’s a solid half decade ago.
Anyway, on to the review proper…
Excerpts from “Marxists in Singapore? Lee Kuan Yew’s Campaign against Catholic Social Justice Activists in the 1980s”
by Michael Barr (2010)
PDF Link to Journal Article: Ebscohost
Excerpts from “The Bonsai under the Banyan Tree: Democracy and Democratisation in Singapore”
by Michael Barr (2012)
PDF Link to Journal Article: Taylor & Francis
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Extracts from Article:
1) Singapore’s democratic processes are a bonsai version of the real thing, meaning that what passes for democracy is constrained, pruned, stunted, and mainly for show.
* Featured on The Real SG, SG Daily, The Online Citizen, The Independent, and TR Emeritus.
The Ruling Elite of Singapore is a brilliant publication, in which Michael Barr, a senior lecturer in International Relations at Flinders University, Australia, explores “the complex and covert networks of power” in the city-state of Singapore.