The Growing Challenge of Pluralism and Political Activism: Shifts in the Hegemonic Discourse in Singapore



In Singapore’s electoral authoritarian regime, power is largely concentrated within a small ruling elite controlled by the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP). However, in recent years, the once hegemonic status of the PAP appears to be slowly declining with the transition to a competitive authoritarian regime. Many political observers tend to focus on structural shifts such as the socio-economic changes and the careful liberalisation process, ignoring the long-term discursive transformation of the hegemonic discourse stemming from these developments. The chapter analyses this transformation by discussing the changing discursive framing of the political opposition, the discursive shifts driving the increasingly assertive civil society, and the modified justifications underpinning recent policy changes which aim to be more responsive to popular demands.


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  1. 1.City University of Hong KongKowloonHong Kong SAR

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