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The Public Sector in Hong Kong$
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Ian Scott

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789622091726

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622091726.001.0001

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The Public Sector Beyond the Civil Service

The Public Sector Beyond the Civil Service

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The Public Sector in Hong Kong

Ian Scott

Hong Kong University Press

Although Hong Kong has reduced the size of its civil service, pay determination, and salaries, it has not openly welcomed the possible benefits of greater entrepreneurialism and the inclusion of the private sector in the workplace. While the government has devolved some of its responsibilities, it has in practice strengthened its grip on the public sector because of its desire to maintain control and to safeguard the consistency of public sector services in the central policy objectives. This chapter examines the evolution of the relationship of the government with service providers outside the traditional bureaucracy. It also discusses the legal status and funding of these outside service providers. The control and accountability of non-government organisations is discussed in this chapter including the issues and controversies arising from their operations, specifically the payment and recruitment of senior executives.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, civil service, government, service providers, outside service providers, non-government organisations, control, accountability, operations

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