Harmony as Ideology, Culture, and Control: Alternative Dispute Resolution in Singapore
The original impetus for promoting alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in Singapore in the mid-1980s was to support the needs of commerce and trade. Within a decade, the ADR regime has crystallised into a state-endorsed movement. ADR is seen as being in accord with Singapore’s cultural values and assisting in nation-building through the promotion of harmony, cohesion and stability in a multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-lingual society. The extensive efforts at promoting an ideology of harmony, preferring civility over contentiousness, and prioritising responsibilities over rights, translate into the public narrative of consensus and settlement as desirable and necessary. Conversely, conflicts and contention are seen as social phenomenon against the common good, to be avoided at all costs.
Asian Studies | Dispute Resolution and Arbitration
Law, Society and Governance
Australian Journal of Asian Law
University of Melbourne Law School
TAN, Eugene K. B..
Harmony as Ideology, Culture, and Control: Alternative Dispute Resolution in Singapore. (2007). Australian Journal of Asian Law. 9, (1), 120-151. Research Collection School Of Law.
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