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2018/11/1 Professor Ho Khai Leong's Speech Is Democracy based on a purportedly objective truth? Or the interplay of multiple, complex subjectivities?

發布日期 2018-11-29 13:41:00

Professor Ho Khai Leong was invited to deliver a keynote address entitled “A Discourse on Subjectivity of Democracy and Governance: Cases in Southeast Asia” at the International Symposium on the Centrality of Eastern Civilization, held at Tamkang University, Taipei, on 1 November 2018. 
In the presentation, Professor Ho raised the question “Is Democracy based on a purportedly objective truth? Or the interplay of multiple, complex subjectivities? “ He argued that the debate would involve a discussion of governance models. 
The discussion of the two ideological camps of the Cold War (the liberalism and the Soviet-Russian planned economy) has been replaced by another paradigm of thoughts, the Washington Consensus and the Beijing Consensus. As a small country, Singapore once proposed the concept of “Singapore Model of Development”. After its reform and opening up, China continued to learn from Singapore. 
Now it proposes the China's Model of Development which challenges the Western democratic governance model. The governance and political development of Southeast Asia has been constantly adjusting under the influence Western liberalism and now the rise of China. Where do they go from here? The subjectivity of democracy and governance is being challenged.