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Diversity and Occasional AnarchyOn Deep Economic and Social Contradictions in Hong Kong$
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Yue Chim Richard Wong

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139446

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139446.001.0001

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Looming Population Challenges

Looming Population Challenges

(p.67) 6 Looming Population Challenges
Diversity and Occasional Anarchy

Yue Chim Richard Wong

Hong Kong University Press

It is said that Hong Kong has inherited conflicting legacies from Sir John Cowperthwaite and Sir Philip Haddon-Cave's economic policy and Governor Sir Murray Maclehose's socio-political policy framework. The former puts emphasis on a limited government and a competitive free market while the latter underscores an interventionist government and a social welfare state. One of the main realms where the clash between these two legacies manifests itself is in population issues. The housing, education, health care, retirement protection and demographic policies should squarely focus on Hong Kong's population challenges. Nevertheless, the government's response thus far has merely been a slow one, and the patch-up measures have not managed to deal with the deep-rooted conflict between the twin legacies.

Keywords:   Limited government, Interventionist government, Conflicting legacies, Population challenges, China, Hong Kong, Economy, Policies, Cowperthwaite, Haddon-Cave, Maclehose

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