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Author Tan, Kevin, author
Title The Constitution of Singapore : a contextual analysis / Kevin YL Tan
Imprint Oxford, United Kingdom ; Portland, Oregon : Hart Publishing, 2015
book jacket
 CAPAS Library  KPP171 .T35 2015    AVAILABLE    30620020142609
 人文社會聯圖  KPP171 .T35 2015    AVAILABLE    30660020142282
Descript xxiii, 251 pages ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Constitutional systems of the world
Note "Bloomsbury"--Cover
Includes bibliographical references and index
A brief constitutional history -- Constitutionalism in Singapore -- Parliament and representation -- Law-making -- The executive -- The elected president -- The judiciary -- Fundamental rights
"Singapore's Constitution was hastily drafted after her secession from the Federation of Malaysia in 1965. In the subsequent 45 years, the Constitution has been amended many times to evolve a Constitution like no other in the world. Outwardly, Singapore has a Westminster-type constitutional democracy, with an elected legislature, fundamental liberties and safeguards to ensure the independence of the judiciary. On closer inspection, the Constitution displays many innovative and unusual characteristics. Most notable among them are the various types of Members of Parliament that have been introduced since the mid-1980s, the office of the Elected President and the fact that there is no constitutional right to property. This volume seeks to explain the nature and context of these constitutional innovations in the context of a pluralistic, multi-ethnic state obsessed with public order and security. The volatile racial mix of Singapore, with its majority Chinese population nestled in a largely Malay/Islamic world, compels the state to search for ethnic management solutions through the Constitution to guarantee to the Malays and other ethnic minorities their status in the polity. In addition, it examines how the concept of the rule of law is perceived by the strong centrist state governed by a political party that has been in power since 1959 and continues to hold almost hegemonic power"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Constitutional law -- Singapore
Singapore. Constitution (1963)
Constitutional history -- Singapore
Singapore -- Politics and government
Constitutional history. fast (OCoLC)fst00875777
Constitutional law. fast (OCoLC)fst00875797
Politics and government. fast (OCoLC)fst01919741
Singapore. fast (OCoLC)fst01205288
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