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Crisis-proof Governance

Roundtable  -  Solomon Molebatsi Sekwakwa, Sabir Said Al-Harbi, Sa Bali Abas

The Ethos Roundtable brings together thought leaders and practitioners to discuss key issues of interest to the public service. In this session, three eminent participants in Singapore’s second Leaders in Governance Programme reflect on the impact of the economic crisis on their home countries, and their strategies for recovery.

Global Growth, Local Governance

Conversation  -  Dani Rodrik

Smart globalisers should retain room for manoeuvre in a globalised economy, argues Harvard’s Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy.

Successful Governance: A Conversation

Interview  -  Gus O'Donnell

The former Head of the Home Civil Service in the UK discusses national wellbeing, meritocracy, the future of service delivery, and the value of public service.

Integrity: Fundamentals for Singapore's Governance Success

Article  -  Ng Li Sa, Ong Toon Hui, James Wong

More than just creating honest, clean government, integrity as wholeness and working together as one united Service will ready Singapore for the future.

Governance Through Adaptive Urban Platforms: The INSINC Experiment

Article  -  Jeffrey Siow, Balaji Prabhakar, Chng Kai Fong

Cloud and mobile technology meet big data and behavioural economics in LTA’s public transport experiment.

Policymaking for Real People

Review  -  Tan Yeling

An understanding of how human biases affect economic decision-making can significantly improve the design of public policy. A new book authored by Singapore’s policymakers explains.

Opinion: The Environment as Capital

Opinion  -  Dodo J. Thampapillai

Following the 2006 Stern report, global warming, climate change and the scarcity of basic resources have become dominant themes in policy forums concerning sustainable development.

Editorial Issue 6

Editorial  -  Alvin Pang

The Growth of Asian Cities

Article  -  Bindu N. Lohani

As the main economic engines of growth, Asian cities are increasingly challenged to ensure sustainability while reaping the benefits of urbanisation.

Singapore's Political Economy: Two Paradoxes

Article  -  Bryan Caplan

Economist Bryan Caplan, noted for his insights on public choice, visited Singapore in November 2008. His observations address how “economically efficient, but politically unpopular” policies might successfully be carried through a democratic system, and sheds light on the environment in which public policy is made and implemented in Singapore.