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The Politics of Ageing: Perspectives from State and Society in Singapore

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An understanding of the extent and degree of political influence on the elderly is crucial in any constituency. The paper analyses how state and civil society actors (1) anticipate the problems associated with an increasingly ageing population; and (2) provide solutions that reconcile the importance of material sustenance through economic performance while preserving traditional kinship ties through familial bonds. The article hopes to encourage more academic analyses on the issues, prejudices and biases associated with ageing and the elderly in Singapore. A politics of ageing exists because the state and society are faced with a question of governance for this cohort of citizens: (1) What policies and resources from state and society should be devoted to their needs? (2) Where will these resources be derived from? (3) When should such policies be implemented and resources delivered? (4) How will we know that policies implemented are effective? Ultimately, a politics of ageing dependent on materialism will succeed or fail by those materialist standards.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Political Science National University of Singapore


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