Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Books: Goh Keng Swee

Here are several books on and by Goh Keng Swee (1918-2010), one of Singapore's founding fathers.
  • Goh Keng Swee And Southeast Asian Governance by Ian Patrick Austin. This book is aimed at readers who may have a limited, or indeed no knowledge of the policy work carried out by Goh Keng Swee on the development of Singapore and the decisive influence his thinking continues to have on contemporary Singapore governance. The book further explores how Goh's developmental thinking and practices may be utilised by policy-makers in developing economies within the Southeast Asian region and further abroad. Goh's work in fact makes clear that developmental success is transferable between nations given the presence of pragmatic policy-makers. Ultimately, the central aim of this book is to encourage further study and consideration of the words and work of one of Southeast Asia's premier thinkers on development.
  • Lee's Lieutenants: Singapore's Old Guard edited by Lam Peng Er and Kevin Y.L. Tan. Offers a new understanding of post-colonial Singapore's origins and developments. Takes a long overdue look at the capable team of loyal lieutenants who served behind the scenes, including: Toh Chin Chye; Lim Kim San; Goh Keng Swee; Kenny Byrne and Eddie Barker; S Rajaratnam and C V Devan Nair; Ahmad Ibrahim, Othman Wok, Yaacob Mohamed and Rahim Ishak; Ong Pang Boon, Lee Khoon Choy and Jek Yuen Tong and Lim Chin Siong.
  • The Economics of Modernization (Reprinted 2004) by Goh Keng Swee. This is a collection of speeches written by Dr Goh Keng Swee between 1959 and 1971. It is a climacteric in the history of not only Singapore, but also the developing countries of Asia. The speeches not only deal with topic of modernization, they also touch on sociological, political, defence and other topics. Reflecting the prevalent issues then, these essays are an invaluable record not only of Singapore's progress towards a total, viable statehood, but also problems faced by developing countries in 1960s.
  • The Practice Of Economic Growth by Goh Keng Swee. The importance of fast economic growth in developing countries has been an undeniable fact since the early 1970s. Today, its significance is even greater as these emerging centres are eagerly sought as bases for economic expansion by developed nations. Singapore, in its rise from a stuggling colony to its present status as an economic success, offers a glimpse of the factors that contibute to the growth of a thriving economy.

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