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August 2017

The Challenges of Governance in a Complex World

  • Peter Ho

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co. Ptd. Ltd.

Peter Ho, former Head of the Singapore Civil Service, was the Institute of Policy Studies' 2016/17 S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore.

This book collects the four IPS-Nathan Lectures that he delivered between April and May 2017, and gathers highlights of his dialogues with the audience.

Ho surveys the increasingly complex world, and suggests what governments can do to prepare for the future 鈥 even as no one can predict it. He uses metaphors such as the "black elephant" and concepts like the "dialectic of governance" to explain how a systematic approach to thinking about the future can help countries in general 鈥 and Singapore in particular 鈥 build resilience and develop a comparative advantage in the face of uncertainty and rapid change.

The IPS-Nathan Lectures series was launched in 2014 as part of the S R Nathan Fellowship for the Study of Singapore. Its primary goal is to promote public understanding and discourse of issues of critical national interest.

About the Moderators

Lecture 1:
Hunting Black Swans & Taming Black Elephants: Governance in a Complex World

Questions and Answers
Moderator: Debra Soon

Lecture 2:
Governing in the Anthropocene: Risk & Resilience, Imagination & Innovation

Questions and Answers
Moderator: Moderator: Chan Heng Chee

Lecture 3:
The Paradox of Singapore and the Dialectic of Governance

Questions and Answers
Moderator: Chng Kai Fong

Lecture 4:
The Future: Governance, Unintended Consequences, and the Redemption of Hope

Questions and Answers
Moderator: Chua Mui Hoong


ISBN 978-981-3231-82-5
ISBN 978-981-3233-74-4 (pbk)

  • Bilahari Kausikan

Publisher: World Scientific

  • Mathew Mathews

Publisher: Singapore: Singapore Indian Development Association

December 2017

Singapore Chronicles - Finance

  • Ignatius Low

Publisher: Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press

Singapore is one of the premier 铿乶ancial centres in the world. It is one of the biggest markets for the trading of foreign exchange and 铿乶ancial derivatives, and home to hundreds of global 铿乶ancial institutions, from banks and insurers to oil traders and hedge fund managers. This book traces the development of Singapore鈥檚 铿乶ancial sector from its early supporting role in a thriving British colonial trading outpost to its rapid expansion after the nation鈥檚 Independence in 1965.聽 It is the story of how policymakers here managed to maintain a reputation for regulation and supervision of a high standard, and yet take risks to innovate boldly and seize global opportunities when they arose.

December 2017

Singapore Chronicles - Policing

  • Asad Latif

Publisher: Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press

Singapore is simultaneously praised for its extraordinary safety and criticised for its draconian laws. This primer seeks to explain Singapore鈥檚 achievements in creating a law-abiding society by making public peace and well-being as well as security of life, limb and property a centrepiece of the good life. To that end, tough laws exist against crimes such as murder, narcotics, corruption, commercial crime and cybercrime. This book also examines the role played by the prison system, internal security laws and border security in the state鈥檚 overall approach to preserving a peaceful and secure nation.

December 2017

Singapore Chronicles - Flora and Fauna

  • Wilson Wong

Publisher: Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press

The term 鈥滐瑐ora and fauna鈥 refers to the plants and animals found in a particular region. Singapore鈥檚 primeval vegetation has changed vastly over the past 200 years due to a range of human activities. Yet, Singapore is rich in plant and animal life 鈥 as found in various terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems. This book introduces some of the interesting and notable native plants and animals, in addition to highlighting the physical characteristics of each ecosystem and revealing the challenges that plants and animals need to overcome in order to survive. Readers will also get to know what Singapore has done to conserve its unique and precious natural heritage.