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Introduction: The “Singapore model” and China's Neo-Authoritarian Dream

  • Stephan Ortmann (a1) and Mark R. Thompson (a2)
Abstract

This special section deals with China's longstanding fascination with Singapore's development experience that has preoccupied post-Maoist leaders from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping despite the obvious differences between the tiny Southeast Asian city-state and the most populous country on earth. In particular, there is great Chinese interest in Singapore's success in combining effective governance and efficient state capitalism with stable one-party dominant rule. As a consequence, Chinese observers paid much less attention to electoral democracies that were well-governed states with mature economies.

该特刊探讨中国长期以来对新加坡发展经验的浓厚兴趣。虽然这个东南亚小国与地球上最多人口的国家存在显著的不同, 但毛泽东时代之后, 自邓小平到习近平以来的历届中国领导人都对其经验表示赞赏。中国方面尤其对新加坡能在一党政治下实现有效的管治和高效的国家资本主义的成功经验情有独钟, 不过也因此往往忽视选举民主在新加坡发展中的作用。

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