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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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Local, Advisory and Statutory Bodies

Local, Advisory and Statutory Bodies

(p.97) 6 Local, Advisory and Statutory Bodies
Contemporary Hong Kong Politics

Ian Holliday

Glenn K. H. Hui

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's (HKSAR's) local government system and its complex web of local, advisory, and statutory bodies. In particular, it discusses the local government, advisory committees, and statutory bodies, and evaluates their contribution and significance to SAR governance, as well as their limitations. These bodies perform a range of public functions such as overseeing the management and delivery of public services in sectors like health care and housing. Others regulate matters such as elections and broadcasting. Moreover, the chapter summarizes the changes that have taken place in these local and advisory systems and asserts that under the executive-led government system, no major reform to them will take place in the near future. In general, it is clear that these bodies make a significant contribution to Hong Kong's executive-led government. Looking to the future, it is evident that change is taking place inside many of the bodies analyzed in this chapter, notably through creeping politicization.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, local government, advisory committees, statutory bodies, governance, politicization

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