Thursday 23 March 18:15 - 20:15

Council Room, Strand Campus, King's College London
Council Room, Strand Campus
Strand, King's College London

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Liberalism in East Asia: Development Lessons from Hong Kong and Singapore

Government & Politics

Book Launch Event Exploring Hong Kong and Singapore's Post-War Development, the Future of Liberal Democracy and Role of China in Asia

*๏ปฟThis event is open to all, and a complimentary food and drinks reception will be served.

About the event:

Singapore and Hong Kong are two of the most successful economies in the world today, after having achieved rapid development in the late 20th century with the other โ€˜Asian Tigersโ€™. While both economies were highly open to foreign trade and capital, the Singapore government was relatively more interventionist in its domestic economic policy. Accordingly, this event compares the economic strategies undertaken by both city-states in the late 20th century and assesses their relative performance, in terms of not just national income, but higher order indicators like productivity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Not only are Singapore and Hong Kong successful economies, they are especially important cases today considering the growing influence of China on the world stage. To better understand the nature of Chinaโ€™s influence, it is important to trace the way in which Hong Kong society has been transformed since its handover in 1997, and also the way China has in the past sought to emulate Singaporeโ€™s seeming ability to marry both authoritarian governance and high economic growth.

Dr Bryan Cheang will explore these matters by launching his new book Economic Liberalism and the Developmental State: Comparing Singapore and Hong Kongโ€™s Post War Development, in which he argues that the relatively liberal model of Hong Kong allowed it to outperform Singapore in cultural dynamism, entrepreneurial culture and indigenous innovation. He also explores the vast differences in political culture in Hong Kong and Singapore society, where the vibrant democratic culture in the former stands in stark contrast to the disciplined state-society relations in the latter.


Council Room, Strand Campus, Kingโ€™s College London.

About the Speaker:

Bryan Cheang is the Assistant Director of the Centre for the Study of Governance and Society at Kingโ€™s College London, where he previously obtained his PhD in Political Economy. His research interests are on the efficacy of industrial policy, varieties of capitalism and East Asian political economy.

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