Smart Cities in Asia
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Smart Cities in Asia

Governing Development in the Era of Hyper-Connectivity

Edited by Yu-Min Joo and Teck-Boon Tan

At a time when Asia is rapidly growing in global influence, this much-needed and insightful book bridges two major current policy topics in order to offer a unique study of the latest smart city archetypes emerging throughout Asia. Highlighting the smart city aspirations of Asian countries and their role in Asian governments’ new development strategies, this book draws out timely narratives and insights from a uniquely Asian context and policymaking space.
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Chapter 2: The Smart Nation: unpacking Singapores latest mega-digitalisation push

Yu-Min Joo, Teck-Boon Tan and Ming-Yee Foo


Singapore launched the Smart Nation initiative with much fanfare in 2014. This chapter unpacks this multibillion-dollar initiative by examining the government’s key motivations, governance structure and the notable characteristics of its projects. In the process, it explains how the Smart Nation is a national development strategy of the Singapore Government as it strives to find the next big idea that Singapore can work towards in the next decade, having accomplished its global city development goals. Introducing the autonomous vehicle living lab as a case study, the chapter further illustrates how the government seeks to achieve developmental goals through active state intervention and long-term planning – features consistent with the characteristics of a developmental state. This contextually grounded examination of a technology-oriented strategy in a developmental state allows for a more accurate understanding of policies amid the prevailing discourse on smart city development under neoliberalism.

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