By Jothie Rajah
Students have usually assumed that authoritarianism and rule of legislations are collectively incompatible. confident that loose markets and rule of legislation needs to tip authoritarian societies in a liberal course, approximately all stories of legislation and modern politics have missed that inconceivable coupling: authoritarian rule of legislation. via a spotlight on Singapore, this publication provides an research of authoritarian legalism. It exhibits how prosperity, public discourse, and a rigorous observance of felony approach have enabled a reconfigured rule of legislations such that liberal shape encases intolerant content material. associations and method on the bedrock of rule of legislations and liberal democracy turn into instruments to constrain dissent whereas augmenting discretionary political strength - whilst the nationwide and overseas legitimacy of the nation is secured. With China seeing classes to be realized in Singapore, as do any variety of regimes seeking to reflect Singapore's pairing of prosperity and social keep watch over, this e-book deals a helpful and unique contribution to realizing the complexities of legislation, language, and legitimacy in our time.
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573; Lee Kuan Yew v. Chee Soon Juan (No. 2),  1 Sing. R. 552. See also jurisprudence cited at note 230 below. 82 In Attorney-General v. R. 383, the High Court limited the applicability of English ‘common law’ on defamation and contempt to the pre-1981 position, citing developments in statute ‘law’ and the European Court of Human Rights as reasons to exclude post-1981 English decisions. Jurisprudence from a range of other ‘common law’ and Commonwealth jurisdictions was also excluded for a various reasons that were not especially convincing.
Vasoo & James Lee, “Singapore: Social Development, Housing and the Central Provident Fund” (2001: 10) International Journal of Social Welfare 276. See also BengHuat Chua, Political Legitimacy and Housing: Stakeholding in Singapore (London: Routledge, 1997). 122 PuruShotam, supra note 90. 123 Ibid. ; Benjamin, supra note 89. 125 PuruShotam, supra 90, note 3 at 41. 126 To start the Singapore story in 1819 is a way of constructing the island as becoming economically viable only with the arrival of a range of outsiders: first, the foreign British, who then facilitated immigration, resulting in prosperity.
By approaching legislation as textual moments in a narrative of state power, this study counters the ahistorical appearance of legislation and draws attention to forgotten contestations that have marked the making of ‘law’Â€– contestations rendered absent and invisible in legislation’s final text. Reading legislation in tandem with contextual discourse allows me to trace the history of the state’s construction of a discursive definition of ‘law’. This study reveals a pattern: Facilitated by state dominance of the Worthington, supra note 63; Jayasuriya, Law, Capitalism and Power, supra note 64; Thio, Rule of Law, supra note 41; Ginsburg & Moustafa, supra note 61; Silverstein, The Exception That Proves Rules Matter, supra note 22.
Authoritarian Rule of Law: Legislation, Discourse and Legitimacy in Singapore by Jothie Rajah