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Launch of the next 15 titles of the 50-volume Singapore Chronicles series

Singapore, 5 January 2017 - The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), together with Straits Times Press (STP), has published 15 new titles in the 50-volume Singapore Chronicles series. This brings the total number of titles published to 25. 

For IPS, Singapore’s only think-tank dedicated to domestic public policy research, this series is the most extensive book project ever undertaken. Its primary purpose is to explain what makes Singapore, Singapore.

The 15 titles are: Central Provident Fund; Civil Society; Demography; Emergency; Energy; Environment; Food; Gateways; Governance; Language; Opposition; Social Services; Theatre; Transport; and Water

More information about the books and their authors can be found in the Annexe. The books are available for purchase at in leading bookstores. Each book costs $16 (inclusive of GST). 

The books chronicle the evolution of Singapore on a variety of fronts, from governance to the economy, from food and sports to the CPF and our flora and fauna. Each book in the series is designed as a primer on the subject, focusing on its essential aspects and giving a historical perspective. Between 100 and 150 pages long, each volume is written by subject experts from the public sector, academia and journalism. The choice of 50 volumes is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s Independence in 2015.

IPS Special Research Adviser Arun Mahizhnan, the Series Editor; project consultant Asad Latif; and IPS Research Associate Sim Jui Liang are leading the project. 

The first 10 titles that were published in December 2015 are: Colonial Singapore; Constitution; Defence; Diplomacy; Education; Eurasians; Heritage; Indians; Law; and Presidency. Over 7,000 copies of the 10 books have been sold and the titles have gone for a second print run.

Said Mr Arun: “The reception to our first batch of books in this series has been very encouraging. It seems to hit the targets and achieve our purpose of providing insights into Singapore’s hard and sometimes controversial choices. We hope this new batch of 15 will add to the Singapore story.”

The remaining 25 titles of the Singapore Chronicles series will be published over the course of 2017. Enquiries about the series can be directed to


More information is available here:

Information sheets for the 15 new titles -
The launch of the first 10 titles -
The 25 Singapore Chronicles covers -

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About the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS)

The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) was established in 1988 as an independent think-tank to study and generate public policy ideas in Singapore. IPS became an autonomous research centre of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore in 2008. Today, IPS continues to analyse public policy, build bridges between thought leaders, and communicate its findings to a wide audience. The Institute examines issues of critical national interest across a variety of fields, and studies the attitudes and aspirations of Singaporeans through surveys of public perception. It adopts a multi-disciplinary approach in its analyses and takes the long-term view in its strategic deliberation and research. For more information about IPS, 

About Straits Times Press (STP)

Straits Times Press is a publishing house with more than 100 years of combined international publishing experience as a team. The team has won international and regional prizes for excellence in editorial, design and publishing.

Straits Times Press publishes History, Biographies/Memoirs, Politics, Culture, Food and Lifestyle books. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.

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