Governance and Development: Strengthening Democratic Institutions
Under the authoritarian rule of Singapore’s late leader, Lee Kuan Yew, the country became one of the world’s most prosperous nations. This raises the question: what is the purpose of government? Should democratic values be subordinate to economic growth? Is democracy promotion the pursuit of a universal ideal, or Western imperialism? The impact of political regime types on development is one of the most interesting debates in development studies. Advocates of development authoritarianism maintain that authoritarian regimes are better suited to foster economic development. On the other hand, proponents of ‘good governance’ argue that a liberal-democratic, non-corrupt government is a necessary prior condition of development. Join this fascinating discussion with speakers from renowned organisations, including the OSCE and the European Centre for Electoral Support.