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Soft authoritarianism, political pragmatism and cultural policies - Singapore as a City for the Arts

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Can the arts and cultural prosper under a less than democraticpolitical regime? This paper looks at the soft authoritarian Singaporeangovernment and the making of Singapore into a “City for the Arts”. Manyscholars advocate that a culturally vibrant and creative city must also celebratediversity, tolerance and experimentation. This implies that a democratic space isneeded for creative energies to flow. Singapore is not known for its democracy.But Singapore has become relatively successful in being the cultural hub in theregion. A more liberal approach to diversity and criticism of the authorities cannow be observed but there are still many strong-handed social and politicalcontrols in the city-state. This paper shows that the Singapore authorities weighthe economic, political and social costs while they liberalize the environment topromote Singapore as a City for the Arts.

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Can-Seng Ooi

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eng

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http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7916

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