Cultural Anthropology Essay

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Cultural Anthropology Research on Singapore Samantha Satchell ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Instructor: Jennifer Cramer July 11, 2011 The country of Singapore has a diverse culture with a very well developed modern state. Singapore has raised itself up since its independence and has been successful because of their efficiency and organization as an effective government. Singapore is a postindustrial society that has a parliamentary Republic. Singapore eventually became a self-governing state in 1959 after elections and eventually declared independence from Britain and in 1965, it officially gained sovereignty. Since 1959, The People’s Action Party dominates the political process and has won control of Parliament in every election Singapore is a Republic—a one-house Parliament makes the county’s laws. A prime minister leads a Cabinet, where he carries out the operations of the Government. “The ruling political party in Singapore, reelected continuously since 1959, is the People's Action Party (PAP), headed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong” (Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, 2010). The president (chief of state) previously exercised only ceremonial duties. As a result of 1991 constitutional changes, the president is now elected and exercises expanded powers over legislative appointments, government budgetary affairs, and internal security matters. The PAP believes that rationalism and expertise is the proper approach to social and economic problems that may arise (Bellows, 1985) The People's Action Party dominated the Singaporean politics since the independence from leaving the Federal of Malaysia in 1965. Singapore is classed as a "Hybrid" country by the Economist intelligent unit because Singaporean politics is a mixture of bureaucracy and democracy. Also Freedom House rank Singapore as "partly free". Western democracies

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