Contemporary Hong Kong Government and Politics

Contemporary Hong Kong Government and Politics

Language: English

Pages: 400

ISBN: 9888139479

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businessman, a senior civil servant, and a professional surveyor), and their limited reach and penetration in the society and political network. More alarming is the fact that the governing team formation is regarded as a one-man show, seldom considered in a proper institutional context or from a systemic level. This rather individualistic governing team-building effort is not going to work well in the age of mass and party politics. These inadequacies can be compensated for by a more developed

of political power may be established in the HKSAR, to be consulted by the government of the Region on district administration and other affairs, or to be responsible for providing services in such fields as culture, recreation and environmental sanitation”. As such, the District Councils in the constitutional sense are not political bodies with large political power and influence in the political system. Indeed, the District Councils have often been treated as purely advisory bodies as part of

Kong–wide policy issues such as whether the Home Ownership Scheme should be revived and whether the medical health reforms proposal should be implemented are expected to become the electoral policy platforms of the candidates. As the influence and say of the District Councils in the LegCo are increased, the District Councils may shift their attention to controversial issues with wider political and social impact at the expense of local minor issues. District Councils, Advisory Bodies, and

be politically neutral and professionally oriented. They are now under strict monitoring by the LegCo to ensure they perform properly and meet the purpose of giving high-quality advice on policies. The administration may no longer have absolute free hands to control the advisory and statutory bodies to publicize and to legitimize its policies. If the administration insists on manipulating the advisory and statutory bodies to implement its agenda, the whole system will lose its credibility. In the

the government. In view of the economic setback that adversely affected Hong Kong beginning with the Asian financial crisis in 1998, the government stressed civil society’s ability to find solutions to its own Civil Society 181 problems. The government encouraged citizens to take part in voluntary work and urged the business sector to be more involved in service provision through cross-sector cooperation between businesses and NGOs as well as tripartite collaboration between the government,

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