The Angle

The latest analysis of policy issues and political developments by IPS researchers.
  • [The Angle] Leadership and the sweet spot between book-smarts and street-smarts

    By: Johannis Aziz | Sep 09, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    As the PAP candidates walked into Raffles Institution (RI) on the morning of Nomination Day on 1 September in their smart white outfits, I could not help recalling the old joke:  When RI boys grow up and become parliamentarians, they will not even have to change their uniforms. Joke aside, it is a fact that…..

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  • [The Angle] Social media’s role in Dr Chee’s comeback

    By: Tan Tarn How | Sep 08, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      The “Dr Chee factor” – that is, the resurgence and embrace of Singapore Democratic Party leader Chee Soon Juan (CSJ) as a candidate to vote for – has been one of the surprises of this year’s general election. A large part of it is a result of social media.  Social media has enabled many…..

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  • [The Angle] Insights from GE2011: Youths, media and voting during the elections

    By: IPS’ Arts, Culture and Media Cluster | Sep 07, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    A lot of discussion in the upcoming election has centred on youths and how they will vote in the coming election. Other questions on how they use different media, particularly online media, and whether there is a generation gap between them and the older voters. For the 2011 election, Assistant Professor Trisha T. C. Lin…..

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  • [The Angle] Age, class and the General Election

    By: Tan Ern Ser | Sep 07, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    There are four factors that can matter in any election in Singapore. They are race, religion, age and class. My own sense is that race and religion could have mattered, but they do not. That is indeed a blessing as they can be rather explosive, if not handled well. But given that there are adequate…..

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  • [The Angle] Insights from GE2011: Does the Internet help increase voters’ political knowledge?

    By: IPS’ Arts, Culture and Media Cluster | Sep 07, 2015 at 9:05 am

    During the current election, voters who read the mainstream media will often find that it tells a consistently different story about facts, events and issues from alternative media websites such as The Online Citizen. Some have dismissed the Internet – or at least alternative websites – as an irrational space that confuses people. Others have…..

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  • [The Angle] The road to GE2015: Weekly Round-up (29 August to 4 September 2015)

    By: IPS’ Politics and Governance Cluster | Sep 05, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    The AHPETC Saga The Aljunied-Hougang- Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) Saga continued to be at the fore of the campaign in General Election 2015 (GE2015) this week.   The People’s Action Party (PAP) and the Worker’s Party (WP) traded barbs based on fresh revelations from official government sources about the finances of the town council……

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  • [The Angle] Insights from GE2011: Political discussion during elections in Singapore

    By: IPS' Arts, Culture and Media Cluster | Sep 05, 2015 at 11:00 am

    In Singapore elections — as elsewhere — people form political opinions including views about parties and whom to vote for based on what they read in the media, what they hear at rallies and what they discuss with others. The emergence of new media such as the Internet and mobile phones has led to more…..

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  • [The Angle] The value of diverse views in “political listening”

    By: Valerie Yeo | Sep 04, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Blogs and social media are useful platforms to disseminate information and big players in the Singapore blogosphere have a larger impact on online political discussion, but interestingly enough, the websites of mainstream media continue to be influential sources of political news for people.

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  • [The Angle] Mobilising political supporters online

    By: Carol Soon and Tng Ying Hui | Sep 04, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Here in Singapore and in many countries, the Internet holds a strong allure for political parties and candidates during election time because of its instant connectivity and wide reach. During Singapore’s General Election (GE) in 2006, the author of the blog Yawning Bread, Mr Alex Au, threw new media into the limelight when his dramatic…..

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  • [The Angle] Almost everything you want to know about media use, political traits and other aspects of voters in the 2011 election

    By: Tan Tarn How | Sep 03, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Discussions about the use of media during elections in Singapore are often based on speculation or incomplete data at best. To get a clearer, data-based sense of the state of media and its use in the 2011 election, the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) carried out a survey shortly after the polls. The survey also…..

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