2017 Espresso Series: International Perspectives Singapore

Inaugural Series

Events - 27 Apr 2017

This short, sharp, morning session, was the final session in our inaugural Espresso series.

The session explored the political environment of Singapore to provide an overview of the context in which the public service operates. In a city-state in which business, politics, and public administration are so closely linked, Professor Rodan’s perspective is critical perspective for anybody seeking to understand this powerful regional economy.

Where you may often look to similar jurisdictions such as the UK, NZ and Canada for inspiration there is much to be learnt from the dissimilar services operating elsewhere. 

Series Facilitator

Dominique Mecoy
Director Client Services
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board

Meet the facilitator

Facilitator Bio
Dominique’s career spans over 20 years working for both federal and state government agencies, with a range of experiences in elite sport, science, food industry development, zoos and currently cemeteries. She likes diversity.

She holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration, a Bachelor of Arts with triple major in French, German and English,  is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Leadership WA. Mecoy was recently named the Leadership WA Distinguished Fellow for 2016, which acknowledges leaders who have shown exceptional levels of leadership and community contribution.


Singapore’s Evolving Political Economy: Capitalism & the Technocratic State - Professor Garry Rodan

Additional Resources

‘Think big, start small, act fast’: public sector innovation, Singapore style - The Mandarin, 2017.


Professor Garry Rodan
Director; Professor of Politics & International Studies
Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University

Garry Rodan is the Director of the Asia Research Centre and Professor of Politics and International Studies in the School of Business and Governance. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. His thematic research interest is in the relationship between capitalist development, social change and political regime directions in Southeast Asia. Attempting to characterize and explain dynamic and durable forms of authoritarian rule has been a particular focus, especially in Singapore.

Professor Rodan’s authored books include The Politics of Accountability in Southeast Asia (Oxford University Press, 2014, with Caroline Hughes), Transparency and Authoritarian Rule in Southeast Asia (Routledge Curzon 2004) and The Political Economy of Singapore’s Industrialization (Macmillan, 1989), while his edited and co-edited books include Neoliberalism and Conflict in Asia After 9/11 (Routledge 2005), The Political Economy of Southeast Asia (Oxford University Press 1997, 2001, 2006), Political Oppositions in Industrializing Asia (Routledge 1996), Singapore Changes Guard (Longman 1993) and Southeast Asia in the 1990s: Authoritarianism, Capitalism and Democracy (Allen & Unwin 1993).