Business-Government Relations and Institutional Leadership in Singapore: The Case of the Singapore National Employers’ Federation

13 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2012

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Bernard Gan

University of New South Wales - School of Management

David E. Morgan

University of New South Wales - School of Management

Peter Sheldon

University of New South Wales - School of Management

Date Written: August 16, 2012

Abstract

Industrial peace and rapid economic development have been central goals of the People’s Action Party (PAP) which has dominated Singapore’s government for more than 50 years. It gradually established a comprehensive tripartite corporatist system to achieve and maintain those goals. Industrial peace was also important for its strategy of attracting and retaining foreign direct investment, as was forging successful business-government relations. Until the formation of the Singapore National Employers’ Federation (SNEF) in 1980, employer representation remained fragmented. Faced with the enormous social and economic challenges it had unleashed through its second industrial revolution in 1979, the PAP required coordinated employer engagement in its principal corporatist bodies through a single authoritative employer voice. PAP’s role in fostering the SNEF’s formation demonstrated how institutional links contributed to a more effective distributed pattern of leadership in national business and labour coordination. We contend that by incorporating Asian values and institutional leadership, the Singaporean government adroitly interwove political and economic priorities with business interests in building coordinating mechanisms and successful policies to secure national success.

Keywords: Business-government Relations, Asian Values, Singapore, Corporatism, Employer Association, Institutional Leadership, Singapore National Employers’ Federation (SNEF)

JEL Classification: J5, N45, P11

Suggested Citation

Gan, Bernard and Morgan, David E. and Sheldon, Peter, Business-Government Relations and Institutional Leadership in Singapore: The Case of the Singapore National Employers’ Federation (August 16, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2130972 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2130972

Bernard Gan

University of New South Wales - School of Management ( email )

Kensington
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Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.asb.unsw.edu.au/schools/Pages/BernardKCGan.aspx

David E. Morgan

University of New South Wales - School of Management ( email )

Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Peter Sheldon (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales - School of Management ( email )

Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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