City Profile - Singapore

Jim Smith, Brian Field

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Singapore is the smallest and yet most developed country in Southeast Asia. Because of its small and limited land area, modern Singapore is both a city and a state and, simultaneously, a very small and compact island. For the last 25 years, the Republic has maintained high economic growth rates and promoted an innovative development programme that has resulted in rapid urbanization and industrialization. However, Singapore's experience in the field of urban and national development planning has to be viewed in the light of its special circumstances, which have encouraged the centralization of national and local government functions to a very high degree and afforded to statutory boards and development agencies considerable responsibility or autonomy in coordinating public developments, thereby facilitating the promotion and organization of change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-199
Number of pages14
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes


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