Is Singapore a social democracy

Using Singapore as an example: Should we dare less democracy?

Above all, however, the rulers enjoy the trust of (most) people in the populations of their countries, in contrast to what is now the case in numerous democracies in the West. In fact, according to a 2013 Gallup poll, two-thirds of Americans were dissatisfied with their system of government - while most young people in China, India, and Indonesia expected the world to become a better place, thanks largely to technological advances. "Asians have learned the virtues of rational governance from the West," Mahbubani writes in an essay with the speaking title Has the West Lost It? and states a paradox: Nevertheless, many Western peoples are losing their trust in governance, while trust in Asia is increasing. ”For Mahbubani and Khanna, the reason is obvious: Asia has adopted the“ best practice ideal ”of the West without its ideological superstructure, is building ordem e progresso, on order and progress, the balance "of individual freedom and collective duty" (Khanna) - on a scientistically based social engineering that is characterized by planning and excellence - and increasingly also through feedback loops and mechanisms of feedback, political participation not all four , celebrates five years by way of elections as a festival of democracy, but in the form of an internalized accountability of the rulers permanently - rulers who have to react at any time to expressions of displeasure (e.g. on social media) do not want to lose their legitimacy - and from whom Mahbubani treated: "As long as they have to prove daily that they improve the lives of their people, Asian societies will continue to improve."