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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

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

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083497.003.0004

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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