Diversity and Occasional Anarchy

On Deep Economic and Social Contradictions in Hong Kong


Yue Chim Richard Wong

ISBN : 978-988-8139-44-6

Economics, Finance, Business, Management

May 2013

240 pages, 6″ x 9″, 30 b&w illus.; 23 tables

  • HK$250.00

The world economic landscape has experienced seismic changes in the fifteen years after restoration of sovereignty over Hong Kong from Britain to China. Fortunately the Hong Kong economy has remained steadfast and is still making progress, but public confidence in the governance of the SAR government has declined, and economic and social dissatisfaction have flared. Where should Hong Kong go from here in the face of all kinds of contradictions? Economist Yue Chim Richard Wong provides an analysis of the origins of these contradictions and shares his insights on these issues. All those concerned about Hong Kong’s future should not miss this collection of essays.

Yue Chim Richard Wong is Professor of Economics and Philip Wong Kennedy Wong Professor in Political Economy at the University of Hong Kong, where he was former Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost. He is the founding director of the Hong Kong Centre for Economic Research and a senior fellow at the National Center for Economic Research, Tsinghua University.

Diversity and Occasional Anarchy presents a totally new interpretation of the current political economy of Hong Kong. Professor Richard Wong makes full use of his abundant public experience in reviewing Hong Kong society’s complex dynamics. Every chapter details powerful insights. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the future development of Hong Kong.” —Dr. Victor Fung, Chairman of Fung Global Institute

“In recent years, social, political, and economic contradictions in Hong Kong have intensified. There is no light at the end of the tunnel. The city is shrouded in an unspeakable state of frustration. In the face of the growing deep contradictions, this book provides in-depth analysis, supplemented with detailed empirical evidence, and takes an important step to address the deep-seated contradictions.” —Dr. Sung Yun-Wing, Professor of Economics and Chairman of the Department of Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong