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Contemporary Hong Kong PoliticsGovernance in the Post-1997 Era$
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Wai-man Lam, Percy Luen-tim Lui, and Ian Holliday

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098299

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098299.001.0001

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Civil Society and NGOs

Civil Society and NGOs

Chapter:
(p.135) 8 Civil Society and NGOs
Source:
Contemporary Hong Kong Politics
Author(s):

Lam Wai-man

Irene L. K. Tong

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622098299.003.0008

This chapter evaluates the characteristics of civil society and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Hong Kong, and explores the challenges of making Hong Kong's civil society into a more effective watchdog of the government. It first provides an examination of the confusing array of meanings of “civil society.” Having offered a brief historical account of the development of civil society in Hong Kong, the chapter then elaborates the vibrancy of civil society since 1997 in terms of its scale, goals, roles, and functions; extent of participation in public affairs and politics; capability of mobilization; and extent of political influence. It is observed that civil society is sizable and vibrant in terms of the number of associations and the extent of participation of actors. Nevertheless, new forms of social mobilization, such as cyber political mobilisation and Internet radio broadcasting, continue to flourish, indicating that civil society in Hong Kong is going to maintain its vitality.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, civil society, non-governmental organizations, public affairs, politics, mobilization

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