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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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Civil society organizations and local governance in Hong Kong

Civil society organizations and local governance in Hong Kong

(p.147) 6 Civil society organizations and local governance in Hong Kong
Repositioning the Hong Kong Government

Eliza Wing-yee Lee

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines political organisation in Hong Kong from the point of view of local governance, and argues that the post-colonial government has continued to rely on structures and machinery created by the colonial state for support and legitimacy. Her study of citizens' mobilisation in reaction to urban renewal plans in Wanchai is a case study of how a defensive concern group centring originally on compensation and relocation transformed itself into an activist body demanding, albeit without immediate success, a voice in urban planning.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Local governance, Post-colonial state, Citizen mobilisation, Wanchai, Urban renewal, Activism

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