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Political Values in Singapore: A Confucian PerspectiveNorms, Interests and Values: Conflict and Consent in the Basic Constitutional Order (2015)
AbstractIn the ASEAN Charter, all member states are committed to common political values such as human rights, fundamental freedoms, democracy and the rule of law. These political values, as well as related political institutions and structures, are predominantly of Western origin. There is a need to recognize alternative models of organizing state and normative orders in Asia. One alternative is the political values that are derived and adapted from Asian philosophies. This paper critically discusses political values in Asia with a focus on the relevance of Confucius’ philosophy to the ASEAN political security community. The paper begins by examining the formation of ASEAN, ‘Asian values’ and ‘ASEAN Way’. This is followed by highlighting the key characteristics, challenges and future of the ASEAN political security community in the 21st century. The second part of the paper focuses on the political philosophy of Confucius and its potential contributions towards the flourishing of the ASEAN political security community.
- Political Values
Publication DateJanuary 20, 2015
Citation InformationVicente C Reyes. "Political Values in Singapore: A Confucian Perspective" Baden, GermanyNorms, Interests and Values: Conflict and Consent in the Basic Constitutional Order (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/vicente_reyes/15/