Title

Singapore’s economic development: Pro- or anti-Washington consensus

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-2018

Abstract

Singapore’s remarkable economic development in the past five decades since independence has attracted much policy attention. This article first provides a brief overview of Singapore’s economic development. The second part discusses Singapore’s development strategies that are aligned with the Washington Consensus: globalisation, conservative fiscal and monetary policies, investments in education and infrastructure. It also discusses the policies adopted to further enhance the outcomes of such policies. The third part focusses on policies that are inconsistent with the prescriptions of the Washington Consensus: the visible hand of government direction of industry, the important role of state-owned enterprises, as well as growth-enhancing social policies. It concludes with the present challenges facing the city-state.

Keywords

Washington Consensus, economic development policies, political economy, Singapore, trade liberalisation, financial liberalisation, governance institutions

Discipline

Asian Studies | Growth and Development | Political Science

Research Areas

Applied Microeconomics; Political Science

Publication

Economic and Political Studies

Volume

6

Issue

1

First Page

30

Last Page

52

ISSN

2095-4816

Identifier

10.1080/20954816.2018.1426364

Additional URL

https://doi.org/10.1080/20954816.2018.1426364

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