Leviathan Rampant: The PAP Beyond Lee Kuan Yew

K. M.

Edited by: Michael Barth and Mia Perez


What does the passing of Lee Kuan Yew portend for Singapore politics? In this paper, I consider the implications of his passing in two parts. First, I contend that Lee's passing has not weakened but, arguably, strengthened the People's Action Party (PAP) in the short term since formal institutions, which preserve the party's dominance, remain in place, and political discourses (i.e. informal institutions) remain hegemonic. Second, I expect the PAP to continue its political dominance over the next decade given the aforementioned formal and informal institutionalization. This scenario, however, is predicated on the PAP's ability to surmount key challenges which I detail in the second part.

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