Contemporary Hong Kong Government and Politics, Expanded Second Edition


Edited by Wai-man Lam, Percy Luen-tim Lui, and Wilson Wong

ISBN : 978-988-8139-47-7

Politics, Government, Public Administration

July 2012

416 pages, 6″ x 9″, 7 b&w illus.; 23 tables

  • HK$225.00
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This expanded and fully revised edition of Contemporary Hong Kong Government and Politics critically assesses the main strands of continuity and change in Hong Kong’s government and politics since the creation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 1997. It first investigates the core institutions of the SAR, focusing on the Executive, the Legislature, the Judiciary, the civil service, District Councils, and advisory and statutory bodies. It then examines progress in democratic reform in Hong Kong and the main components of civil society, including political parties, elections, political identity, and mass media and public opinion. Analyses of key policy sectors then follow. In its concluding chapters, the volume explores Hong Kong’s relations with the Mainland and the wider world.

This book is essential reading for anyone—student, teacher or researcher—interested in Hong Kong’s experience under “one country, two systems.”

Lam Wai-man is an assistant professor of Politics and Public Administration, The University of Hong Kong. Percy Luen-tim Lui is an assistant professor of Public Administration, The Open University of Hong Kong. Wilson Wong is an associate professor of Government and Public Administration, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

“This book is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary government and politics in Hong Kong. Its comprehensive survey of political institutions, political actors and major policy areas makes it an excellent introduction to the subject.” —Kuan Hsin-chi, Emeritus Professor of Government and Public Administration, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

“Hong Kong has a really interesting—even unique—political system. And it is getting more interesting all the time. Hong Kong is also blessed with a number of outstanding scholars who have the skills to probe beneath the surface and provide comprehensive and balanced analysis. This volume is a good example of those scholars in action. As Hong Kong makes its transition to democracy, the essays in this volume are invaluable reading for anyone interested in Hong Kong’s political institutions.” —Richard Bush, Director, Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution