IPS Update Issue Nov 2015

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
 
How have voter attitudes and political ideals shifted over time? What is the difference in perceptions of governance between PAP and non-PAP voters? How was the Internet and media used in GE2015? These were some of the questions discussed at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) Post-Election Conference 2015 on 4 November 2015. Findings from three surveys were also released. Over 300 participants attended the conference, which featured a panel discussion with four political party representatives.
FEATURES
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Dr Dambisa Moyo, international economist and board member of several multinational companies, spoke to IPS Corporate Associates on global economic trends and developments. Among the topics discussed were the changes to global growth and the socio-economic impact of technology.
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The 2014/15 S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore Ho Kwon Ping’s book was launched on 30 October. The Guest of Honour was none other than Mr S R Nathan himself. The Ocean in a Drop – Singapore: The Next Fifty Years is a compilation of the 2014/2015 IPS-Nathan Lecture Series and features highlights of the accompanying dialogues of the lectures.
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A panel discussion at the Singapore Writers Festival provided an exclusive preview of what to expect from the 50-volume Singapore Chronicles series. The series gives a comprehensive picture of Singapore as a whole — from milestones in its history, to aspects of the city-state’s governance, economy, environment, community and culture. The first 10 titles will be officially launched on 10 December 2015.
VIEWS
Improvements need not come in leaps and bounds. As Singapore seeks to transform into a productivity-led economy, it is useful to appreciate the long-run significance of “aggregated marginal gains” and its relevance to the SME sector.