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IPS WORKING PAPERSNo. 9SOCIAL CAPITAL AND STATE-CIVIL SOCIETY RELATIONS INSINGAPORETan Tay KeongAssistant ProfessorPublic Policy ProgrammeNational University of Singapore&Adjunct FellowInstitute of Policy Studiese-mail : [email protected] 2001 1 This paper was written while the author was an assistant professor at the National University ofSingapore. He can now be contacted at his e-mail address at the United Nations. SOCIAL CAPITAL AND STATE-CIVIL SOCIETY RELATIONS INSINGAPORETan Tay KeongMy gratitude is due to Paige Johnson and Gillian Koh for their invaluable comments on theprogressive drafts of this paper. In developing this paper, I am greatly indebted to Siti MariamSelamat and Gillian Koh for data they provided on the Madrasah and Lower Peirce Reservoircases respectively. This paper draws heavily on the findings of an 18-month long joint researchproject between the Institute of Policy Studies and the National University of Singapore thatbegan in January 2000. iCONTENTSABSTRAC...