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Social Policy Issues In A Post-Industrial Society

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The ?welfare state? is a dirty word, at least amongst the first generation People?s Action Party (PAP) leadership. Between the mid-1960s and the mid-1970s, Singapore?s economic growth was among the highest in the world. The second, but no less critical, development that has marked the transition from an industrial to a post-industrial society in the West, is in demographic and family behaviour. In mid-2005 PM Lee Hsien Loong acknowledged that the Asian financial crisis in 1997 and globalisation had widened income gaps. The issues for researchers of social policy and welfare in Singapore are several. Given Singapore?s small size and dominant government, social planning is highly centralised and co-ordinated, often involving committees drawn from many different ministries and statutory boards. In a relatively short period of 40 years, Singapore has developed from a third world country to a first world State.

Keywords: globalisation; People?s Action Party (PAP) leadership; PM Lee Hsien Loong; post-industrial society; Singapore; social policy; welfare state



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