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Contemporary Hong Kong Government and Politics$
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Wai-man Lam and Percy Luen-tim Lui

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139477

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139477.001.0001

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District Councils, Advisory Bodies, and Statutory Bodies

District Councils, Advisory Bodies, and Statutory Bodies

(p.111) Chapter 6 District Councils, Advisory Bodies, and Statutory Bodies
Contemporary Hong Kong Government and Politics

Jermain T.M. Lam

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines Hong Kong's local government system and its complex web of local, advisory, and statutory bodies. It first details the development, functions, and political role of the District Councils. With the passage of the government's constitutional reform package in June 2010, the District Councils play a more than consultative role in the governance process. Moreover, the nature of the District Councils is also being transformed from a simple advisory body to a dynamic arena for power struggle. Next, the chapter explains the types and functions of Hong Kong advisory and statutory bodies and the 2003 review of the operation of these bodies. Despite the 2003 review, there are still some inadequacies in the operation of these bodies. As the context within which the District Councils, and advisory and statutory bodies operate has changed from consultative politics to democratic and electoral politics, these bodies must adapt to the changes in the external political environment; otherwise they will lose their creditability and be unable to make contribution to the governance process.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Government, Politics, Special Administrative Region, District Councils, Statutory bodies

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