SINGAPORE'S DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE
2018/2019, Semester 1
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Lee Kuan Yew School Of Public Policy)
Modular Credits: 4
This module provides a survey of Singapore’s practices in public management and policy development from a comparative perspective. We will focus on innovations in public sector governance as main contributing factors for Singapore’s strong economic growth in the last four decades, and discuss underlying principles and rationale for these innovations. The course consists of two parts. The first part of the course introduces to students key elements of public sector governance in Singapore, including governance structure, civil servant system, policy development, policy implementation, and financial management. The second part of the course examines Singapore’s experience in policy development and implementation in selected sectors such as health care, housing, water supply, land transport, industrial development, information technology and telecommunication.
PP5298 Singapore’s Developmental Experience
2018/19 Semester 1
Lam Chuan Leong
Professor in Practice
This module is intended to examine the process of policy making from initial observation and feedback, through policy formulation and choice and finally policy implementation. Various cases from Singapore
’s development experience will be used. However, the objective is NOT to teach a specific or Singapore way of public management. Instead, class teaching and discussion of these cases are intended to bring out the generic lessons of how public policies are developed and implemented to address specific problems that a country faces, to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each approach and to explore potential alternative approaches.
While the module has a primary emphasis on economic development, it will also examine the role of public sector leadership, and how the overarching values and objectives of leaders shape specific policy choices. It will also look at the methods and tools of decision-making available to assist in the process of policy choice. Finally, it stresses the importance of good implementation as a key ingredient that determines whether a chosen policy will succeed or fail.
The approach will be multi-disciplinary with key principles drawn from diverse fields, such as management theories, economics, systems analysis and behavioral economics. However, students are not required to have a prior background in these subjects.
Upon completing the module, students will be able to:
(a) describe a good overall view of
Singapore’s approaches and practices in governing the public sector and how these fit into the specific needs and circumstances of Singapore
(b) apply the analytical processes and tools to identify public policy issues or problem in the context of any other country,
(c) derive a good basis to explore what are the various options available to address these policy issues, and
(d) suggest options and recommend the optimal policy for the particular context that they face.
ASSESSMENT and ASSIGNMENTS
In determining course grades, the following weights will be used:
Class Participation 20%
Two Short Papers 40%
One final paper 40%
As this course is based on the case study method, it is very important that everyone comes to class having
fully read the cases assigned
and is in a position to
contribute to the class discussion
There will be 2 written assignments which are to be submitted as a word document, and include a word count.These assignments are meant to assess your understanding of a topic or of a short case-study. Each assignment counts as 20% of the total grade.
The final assignment is due towards the end of the course and it constitutes 40% of your grade.This assignment is expected to be around 2,500 words and should not, for any reason, exceed 3,000 words.This assignment will generally be a case study. You are expected to analyze the case and answer the questions that accompany the assignment.
There is no Final Exam for this course.
Readings required before class
Introduction: Efficiency and Equity
Framework of Public Management
PP5298 Overall Framework
Understanding the types of Governance and Leadership
Leadership LKY Slides
Key Success factors
First assignment due 2pm 4 Sep
Key Success Factors and Future issues (slides)
Prosperity and happiness
[2018 Edition] Complete Guide to Baby Grants in Singapore
Role of the State in relation to Economic Development
Role of State and Markets (slides)
Malaysia innovation profile
Singapore innovation profile
From Efficiency-Driven to
Innovation-Driven Growth Perspectives
Land Transport economics
Transport planning for Singapore
Land transport policy by T D Toan
Industrial Relations, B Ting, B K Toh and T M Soh
Berlin and Spore waste mgt.
A Case Study of the National Recycling Programme in Singapore
Second assignment due 2pm 16 Oct
Water policy (slides)
Urban Water Management by Cecilia Tortajada
The Singapore Model of Housing and the Welfare State
Housing Spore adbi-wp559
Hong Kong’s public housing should cater to the masses, as Singapore’s does | South China Morning Post
Japan public housing.
HDB ND rally
Public Private Partnerships
Can Public-Private Partnerships Deliver Better Public Services?
GSK PPP BRAZIL case*
Design and success of PPP slides
State owned enterprises
Final assignment due 2pm 13 Nov
Singapore Inc case HBS*
Spore mid life crisis*
(Updated 31st August 2018)
*These are cases that students have to download from the Harvard Business Publishing site.
RECOMMENDED READINGS (BUT NOT COMPULSORY)
Neo, Boon Siong, & Geraldine Chen, 2007, Dynamic Governance: Embedding Culture, Capacities and Change in Singapore, World Scientific
Tan, Say Tin, Leong Foong Lin, Basil Chan Aik Leong, Tan Chien Ming, & Tan Dai Hwee, 2009.
Economics in Public Policies: The Singapore Story
. Marshall Cavendish Education.
Lee Kuan Yew, 1999, Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew - First Third World to First, Prentice Hall
About the Instructor:
Lam Chuan Leong is a Professor in Practice at the LKY School of Public Policy. His key areas of interest and expertise are in the application of general management theories and also of micro-economics, particularly in regard to regulation of monopolies, competition policy, pricing and market efficiency, privatisation of government services, transport economics, and the structuring of public as well as private financing initiatives. His current areas of interest are in the application of behavioural economics and cognitive science to managerial decision-making and strategic planning.
Chuan Leong has held the post of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of National Development, the Ministry for Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Communications and Information. Earlier, he has served in the Ministry of Defence and the Prime Minister
He was also the Chairman of the National Science and Technology Board, the Infocomm Development Authority, the Competition Commission of Singapore and has been on the Board of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and several Singapore companies.
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week