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Constitutional Interpretation in Singapore : Theory and Practice (Hardcover)
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At the heart of constitutional interpretation is the struggle between, on the one hand, fidelity to founding meanings, and, on the other hand, creative interpretation to suit the context and needs of an evolving society. This book considers the recent growth of constitutional interpretation cases in Singapore, where many new cases have been brought in the last five years. The book outlines the underpinnings of Singapore’s constitutional system, explores how Singapore courts have dealt with issues related to rights, and sets developments in Singapore in the wider context of new thinking and constitutional developments worldwide. It argues that Singapore is witnessing a shift in the legal and political culture of the country as both judges and citizens display an increasing willingness to engage with constitutional ideas and norms. It shows how judgments often uphold the rights of citizens and rule that executive power is limited, and relates this to the more general expansion in political debates and opposition.