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melian 29 July 2015 10:47 AM
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This makes sense, but how would you explain that in some countries (e.g., Singapore) strong family ties created no barrier to fast modernization?

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Silent Cal 29 July 2015 02:40 PM
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I'm not an expert on Singapore, so let me use that ignorance as an opportunity for prediction:

By the current hypothesis, I predict that closer inspection of Singapore will reveal a more individualist (or at least nuclear-family-centric) elite dominating the government. If this is not the case, that's evidence against the hypothesis.

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melian 30 July 2015 05:58 AM
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If individualist elite is what it takes to develop a country, does it mean that former European colonies could have caught up with Singapore provided they were still ruled by Europeans?

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Silent Cal 30 July 2015 07:23 AM
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Well, I wouldn't go so far as to say it's a sufficient condition. The main problems with a colonial nation I can see are that the rulers might not have the right motivations, and that there might be ongoing unrest against foreign rule. But if we assume these problems are absent... It still seems hard to believe, but maybe?

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