For Singaporeans, the year 2015 will be remembered for its grand celebrations of the nation’s 50th year of independence (SG50), as well as the demise of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. It was also the year the PAP government recaptured its electoral hyper dominance at Singapore’s 13th General Election held on 11 September 2015. This volume analyses the unexpected results of yet another historic election and considers why a change in voting ensued after the ‘watershed’ polls in 2011. Sixteen well-regarded scholars and political observers uncover the key issues raised and evaluate the impact of the 2015 general election from the perspectives of law, history, politics, media, culture and sociology.
Contributors to the Book
Walid Jumblatt Abdullah | Terence Chong | Lam Peng Er | Terence Lee | Alex Lew | Jason Lim | Loh Kah Seng | Loke Hoe Yeong | Natalie Pang | Kevin YL Tan | Krystal Tan | Netina Tan | Terri-Anne Teo | Bridget Welsh | Leong Yew | Weiyu Zhang
About the Editors
Terence Lee is an Associate Professor in Communication and Media Studies and a Research Fellow of the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University, Australia. He is an interdisciplinary researcher with an interest in the intersections of media, culture and politics in Asia, especially Singapore. He is the author or editor of several books, including Singapore: Negotiating State and Society, 1965-2015 (with Jason Lim, Routledge, 2016), Voting in Change: Politics of Singapore’s 2011 General Election (with Kevin YL Tan, Ethos Books, 2011) and The Media, Cultural Control and Government in Singapore (Routledge, 2010 and 2012).
Kevin YL Tan is an Adjunct Professor at both the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University. A specialist in constitutional law, legal history and human rights, he has written and edited some 40 books on the law, history and politics of Singapore, including Voting in Change: Politics of Singapore’s 2011 General Election (with Terence Lee, Ethos Books, 2011).