Singapore's policy style: Statutory boards as policymaking units

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Statutory boards represent an important feature of Singapore's effective and efficient model of public administration. Despite their autonomy and separation from the rest of Singapore's civil service, statutory boards represent policymaking units in their own right, developed and utilized by the government in the achievement of its policy objectives. Based on first-hand interviews and other primary data, this paper provides an analysis of two Singaporean statutory boards: the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Land Transport Authority, focusing in particular on their roles as policymaking units. In doing so, this paper attempts to sketch out and understand Singapore's unique policy style. This contributes to a better understanding of Asian policy styles in the process, a topic which has thus far received scant attention in the existing policy styles literature. Copyright © 2014 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-133
JournalJournal of Asian Public Policy
Issue number2
Early online dateOct 2014
Publication statusPublished - May 2015



Woo, J. J. (2015). Singapore's policy style: Statutory boards as policymaking units. Journal of Asian Public Policy, 8(2), 120-133. doi: 10.1080/17516234.2014.922152


  • Policy styles
  • Regulation
  • Public administration