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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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Civil Society

Civil Society

(p.179) Chapter 9 Civil Society
Contemporary Hong Kong Government and Politics

Elaine Y.M. Chan

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter studies the characteristics of civil society in Hong Kong including its general features, and the functions, contributions, and shortfalls of civil society organizations and social service organizations. Hong Kong has a sizable and vibrant civil society but a good amount of its organizations are weak in structure and have inadequate resources. The chapter investigates the levels of participation in civil society activities and citizenship in Hong Kong, and finds that higher levels of participation are related to good citizen traits such as higher levels of pro-social behaviours and attitudes. Lastly, the chapter critically examines the constraints of Hong Kong's civil society.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Government, Politics, Special Administrative Region, Civil society, Citizenship

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