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The general election in Singapore, May 2006


Chin, JU, The general election in Singapore, May 2006, Electoral Studies, 26, (3) pp. 703-707. ISSN 0261-3794 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.electstud.2006.10.011


The 10th general election in Singapore was held on 6 May 2006. This was the first election held under the new Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, the eldest son of the city-state’s founder, Lee Kuan Yew. Although the younger Lee had promised a more liberal environment, elections in Singapore are still not generally free and fair. The opposition is severely restricted by law and Singapore’s conservative political culture. Since independence in 1965, the People’s Action Party (PAP) has governed Singapore, leading political scientists to refer to it as a ‘single party’ or ‘soft authoritarian’ state- even as a ‘nanny’ state (Trocki, 2006). The opposition won its first seat only in 1981; since then the opposition has never won more than two seats in parliament.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Chin, JU (Professor James Chin)
ID Code:99692
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2015-04-01
Last Modified:2017-11-24

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