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Manufacturing Human Resources: The Role Of The Social Investment State

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If social policies are the State?s direct expenditure on its people, then the Singapore government could be categorised as a ?social investment state? rather than a welfare state. This chapter examines the Singapore government?s social investment programmes implemented between 1965 and 2007. It evaluates, whether the main objective?preparing the necessary human resources to support the economy?has been achieved and, in the process, whether there have been welfare benefits. The chapter begins with a brief theoretical discussion of the social investment state model. This is followed by an analysis of the social investment programmes, especially in the sphere of education and training, implemented during Singapore?s industrial transformation (1965?1980), industrial upgrading (1980?2000), and currently post-industrialisation (2000?present). The chapter concludes with some views on the sustainability of the social investment state in Singapore.

Keywords: economy; human resources; industrial transformation; industrial upgrading; post-industrialisation; Singapore government; social investment programmes; social investment state; welfare state



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