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Poverty, Capabilities and Social Justice

Interview  -  Martha C. Nussbaum

The renowned social philosopher discusses her concept of essential human capabilities, and their implications for dealing with poverty and social development.

Rethinking a New Social Compact for Singapore

Article  -  Yeoh Lam Keong

To address globalisation’s unprecedented challenges, Singapore may need to rethink—and not just tweak—its social safety net.

Opinion: Social Policy in Singapore: A Crucible of Individual Responsibility

Opinion  -  Ron Haskins

The co-Director of the Brookings Center on Children and Families explains why he finds Singapore’s social policy remarkably effective.

Workfare: The Fourth Pillar of Social Security in Singapore

Article  -  Jacqueline Poh

Singapore’s latest labour policy is more than a wage supplement scheme—it is a bold new addition to the social safety net in today’s volatile economic environment.

Economic Development and Social Integration: Singapore’s Evolving Social Compact

Article  -  Soh Tze Min

Is continuous meritocracy the key to balancing economic integration and social cohesion in a period of slowing growth?

Singapore's Social Support System: Two Anomalies

Opinion  -  Chua Hak Bin

The Singapore economy is rising with the tide of globalisation, but not everyone appears to be prospering equally.

The Nordic Social Security Model: Squaring the Circle?

Article  -  Koh Tsin Yen

The Nordic states appear to have achieved an enviable balance between strong economic growth and generous welfare provisions, but they too face new pressures from globalisation.

New Strategic Capabilities and Partnership Paradigms for Singapore’s Social Sector

Article  -  Cheryl Wu

Singapore's social compact can no longer rest on Government alone; cross-sector partnerships may better address increasingly complex social needs.

The Digital Social Contract and e-Legitimacy

Opinion  -  Max Everest-Phillips

New institutions are needed to manage both the potential and risks of digital technologies that will reshape our societies and how they are governed.

The City and My Home

Opinion  -  Simon Tay

This evening I thought of the New Year countdown and fireworks at the Bay while walking with my son and his dog around Seletar air base, where we live. The disparity is stark and tells me how the city is changing and affecting our lives.