Educating the developmental state: Policy integration and mechanism redesign in Singapore's SkillsFuture scheme

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Abstract

As an archetypal developmental state, Singapore has always emphasized the role of higher education as a means of human capital development. The recent introduction of the SkillsFuture scheme represents a similarly development-oriented higher education policy initiative. Taking a policy design approach and drawing from mechanism design, this paper argues that the SkillsFuture scheme constitutes an act of policy 'integration', whereby new policy instruments and goals are added to an existing policy mix without compromising instrument mix consistency or coherence of policy goals. However, the presence of information asymmetries has also resulted in a need for 'mechanism redesign'. Copyright © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-284
JournalJournal of Asian Public Policy
Volume11
Issue number3
Early online dateAug 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Woo, J. J. (2018). Educating the developmental state: Policy integration and mechanism redesign in Singapore's SkillsFuture scheme. Journal of Asian Public Policy, 11(3), 267-284. doi: 10.1080/17516234.2017.1368616

Keywords

  • Higher education
  • Public policy
  • Policy design
  • Mechanism design
  • Singapore
  • Developmental state