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Repositioning the Hong Kong GovernmentSocial Foundations and Political Challenges$
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Stephen Chiu and Siu Lun Wong

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083497

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083497.001.0001

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What will the twenty-first-century developmental state look like?

What will the twenty-first-century developmental state look like?

Implication of contemporary development theory for the state's role

(p.23) 1 What will the twenty-first-century developmental state look like?
Repositioning the Hong Kong Government

Peter B. Evans

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter provides a theoretical basis for understanding the role of the state in Hong Kong's development. Using three new developments in economic theories of growth – the endogenous growth approach, institutional approaches, and the capability approach, it highlights the role of bureaucratic capacity and the presence of dense ties between the state and the entrepreneurial elites in shaping development. In a post-industrial era of 'bit-driven growth' centring on intangible production and the delivery of direct interpersonal services, private-sector elites become less reliable allies of government than in the previous era.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, State, Politics, Elites, Business, Bit-driven growth

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