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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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Eclectic corporatism and state interventions in post-colonial Hong Kong

Eclectic corporatism and state interventions in post-colonial Hong Kong

(p.63) 3 Eclectic corporatism and state interventions in post-colonial Hong Kong
Repositioning the Hong Kong Government

Ma Ngok

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter outlines the transformation of governance in Hong Kong since the colonial era. It seeks to debunk the myth of Hong Kong's colonial laissez-faire policy as the result of ideological adherence to the free market, arguing instead that it resulted from a carefully forged strategy of legitimizing colonial rule. After 1997, the state form of Hong Kong changed as a consequence of decolonization, democratization and economic restructuring. Continued efforts to incorporate new political elites into the state machinery have an eclectic, increasingly fragmented, corporatist structure. A type of 'organizational feudalism' leads to ad hoc and particularistic interventions by the government.

Keywords:   Governance, Hong Kong, Colonialism, Decolonization, Laissez faire, Free market, Corporatism, Organizational feudalism, Intervention, Legitimacy

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