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Why Democracy Isn't for Everyone, at Least in Singapore

Michelle Toh | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Michelle Toh

When Lee Kuan Yew died this year, questions rang out across the globe: was this the end of an era? More specifically, would it be the end of the only style of governance Singapore has known?

Hong Kong's Unique Opportunity to Forge a Middle Way

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.20.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

In its structure of combining selection and election, the emergent Hong Kong system is a kind of middle way between democratic consent and the idea of meritocratic guidance. In fact, the mechanism proposed to choose a chief executive is not so different from the Electoral College designed by American democracy's Founding Fathers. The idea, spelled out in Federalist Paper #68, was to "refine and enlarge the public views by passing them through the medium of a chosen body of citizens." But there needs to be a proper balance not yet achieved in Hong Kong.