Singapore: Smart City, Smart State

Singapore: Smart City, Smart State

by Kent E. Calder

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How Singapore’s solutions to common problems can provide examples for other societies.

Nearly everyone knows that Singapore has one of the most efficient governments and competitive, advanced economies in the world. But can this unique city–state of some 5.5 million residents also serve as a model for other advanced economies as well as for the emerging world? Respected East Asia expert Kent Calder provides clear answers to this intriguing question in his new, groundbreaking book that looks at how Singapore’s government has harnessed information technology, data, and a focus on innovative, adaptive governance to become a model smart city, smart state.

Calder describes Singapore as a laboratory for solutions to problems experienced by urban societies around the world. In particular, he shows how Singapore has dealt successfully with education, energy, environmental, housing, and transportation challenges; many of its solutions can be adapted in a wide range of other societies.

Calder also explains how Singapore offers lessons for how countries can adapt their economies to the contemporary demands of global commerce. Singapore consistently ranks at the top in world surveys measuring competitiveness, ease of doing business, protection of intellectual property, and absence of corruption.

The book offers concrete insights and a lucid appreciation of how Singapore's answers to near-universal problems can have a much broader relevance, even in very different societies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815729471
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kent E. Calder is director of the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and 2016 Rajaratnam Professor of Strategic Studies at RSIS, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He taught for twenty years at Princeton University, where he is an emeritus faculty member, while serving also as special adviser to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan (1997–2001) and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (1989–93 and 1996). Calder has also taught at Harvard University, Seoul National University, and the University of Yangon, Myanmar.

Table of Contents

Acronyms and Abbreviations ix

Preface xi

1 Introduction: Singapore and a World of Change 1

2 The Imperative to Be Smart: Small Country, Few Resources, Volatile Surroundings 16

3 How Singapore Became Smart 28

4 Singapore as Smart State Minimalist, Enabling Governance 61

5 Singapore as Smart City: Building a Livable, Sustainable Urban Community 108

6 Singapore as Smart Global Hub: Catalyst for Ideas and Action 133

7 Conclusion: Singapore's Policy Laboratory and the Global Future 163

Chronology of Singapore's Experience 177

Notes 187

Bibliography 219

Index 223

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