Why Has Singapore Not Democratized? An Example of Regional Studies Using Comparative Methods

  • Author :  Jae Hyeok Shin
  • Journal : The Southeast Asian Review
  • Publisher : Korean Association of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Volume : 29(2)
  • Publication Date : May, 2019
  • Abstract : A conventional research method in regional studies is the single-case study that typically requires field research for a deep understanding of the context of a country or a region. In this article I investigate why Singapore has not democratized as an example of regional studies using comparative methods. Such regional studies can raise the importance of research questions deriving from single-case studies, increase the validity of arguments, and contribute to the development of theories in social sciences.