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Poverty in the Midst of AffluenceHow Hong Kong Mismanaged Its Prosperity$
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Leo F. Goodstadt

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208210

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208210.001.0001

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Social Reforms: Too Little, Too Late

Social Reforms: Too Little, Too Late

(p.111) 4 Social Reforms: Too Little, Too Late
Poverty in the Midst of Affluence

Leo F. Goodstadt

Hong Kong University Press

Efforts to increase social expenditure by professionals in the health and welfare sectors were beleaguered by the financial and bureaucratic barriers erected by the colonial administration. The more generous funding allocated to health, education and welfare in the 1990s was too little to make up for earlier decades of under-spending. The future major social services were under serious threat as British rule was coming to an end. Opposition to social expenditure was gathering strength because of the growing prestige of the business model as the key to public sector efficiency. The social reforms had come so late in the colonial era that they were easily reversed.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Poverty, Social welfare, Comprehensive Social Security Assistance, Healthcare, Education, Housing, Government policy, Legislation, Social inequality

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