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The latest analysis of policy issues and political developments by IPS researchers.
  • [The Angle] What the 2014 baby and marriage numbers tell us

    By: Christopher Gee | Oct 01, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Yesterday’s Population in Brief 2015 published by the National Population and Talent Division is an annual update that contains, amongst other things, snapshots of Singapore’s marriage and parenthood trends. There were more citizen marriages and births in 2014. More than 24,000 citizen marriages were registered, the highest since 1997. There were more than 33,000 citizen…..

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  • [The Angle] New Cabinet: Why Have Coordinating Ministers?

    By: Gillian Koh | Sep 30, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Coordinating Ministers are not new to the structure of the Singapore Cabinet. They allow for one more level of oversight to ensure that there is harmonisation of the implementation of key strategic directions in public policy and that there are no gaps.  Think back to the population influx that Singapore experienced some years back, which…..

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  • [The Angle] 4th generation leaders and the new Cabinet line-up

    By: Gillian Koh | Sep 29, 2015 at 10:11 am

    There are four standout features of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s post-GE2015 line-up. First, there are three coordinating ministers. DPM Teo Chee Hean has retained his national security portfolio, while DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam now has a formal economic and social policies portfolio, though he has informally been in this role since May 2011. The new Coordinating…..

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  • [The Angle] GE2015: What impact did new citizens have on the PAP’s vote share?

    By: Debbie Soon | Sep 18, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    The 9.8% swing in favour of the People’s Action Party (PAP) in the 11 September 2015 General Election in Singapore (GE2015) caught many by surprise. Many online voices have suggested that new citizens – or those who became Singaporeans after GE2011 – played a large part in the percentage increase of votes for the PAP……

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  • [The Angle] The shaping up of the 4G leadership

    By: Gillian Koh | Sep 18, 2015 at 9:00 am

    At the Post-General Election Press Conference, Secretary General of the People’s Action Party and Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong has said that the issue of leadership renewal for Singapore is urgent and the pace of succession will be quickened. An interesting benchmark would be to see what happened post-GE2001. Then-PM Goh Chok Tong had said that…..

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  • [The Angle] Battle for Eyeballs: Online Media in the 2015 Election

    By: Tan Tarn How, Tng Ying Hui and Andrew Yeo | Sep 11, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Compared to the 2011 election, GE2015 has seen a flowering of new political media sources online. The mainstream media online websites and old players such as The Online Citizen (TOC) and Yawning Bread are still there. But the last four years have seen very pro-PAP entities coming on stream as well as those in the…..

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  • [The Angle] A closer look at the contested issues in the GE2015 campaign

    By: Gillian Koh | Sep 10, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Foreign labour and immigration policy This was a hot button issue in GE2011 and the government has responded to it in the past four years on many policy fronts. In the labour market, it trimmed foreign workforce growth numbers; introduced market-testing for key segments of the market; raised the cost of hiring foreign workers which…..

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  • [The Angle] The road to GE2015: Weekly Round-up (5 – 9 September 2015)

    By: IPS’ Politics and Governance Cluster | Sep 10, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    During the final five days of the nine-day campaign period, the People’s Action Party (PA) held 18 rallies and the opposition held 31 rallies. These were the key themes that emerged.   “Insurance Policy” During the Worker’s Party (WP) East Coast GRC rally on 6 September, Ms Sylvia Lim, WP chairman called on voters to…..

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  • [The Angle] GE2015: Looking back on the campaign period

    By: Gillian Koh | Sep 10, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    In the past nine days, the Workers’ Party (WP) has tried to emphasise its national political role. It has taken credit for making the PAP Government become more responsive to voters’ concerns and has positioned itself as the country’s “insurance policy” against bad government. Its message that 20 opposition politicians in Parliament is a “balanced…..

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  • [The Angle] GE2015: What influences younger voters?

    By: Gillian Koh | Sep 10, 2015 at 3:30 am

    About 16% of the voters in GE2015 will be in the 21-29 age category.  In our IPS survey of GE2011, younger voters tended to rank the Internet as influential on how they voted more than other segments of voters. Hence, it is again likely that in this GE, material that is pushed out by friends…..

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