The Public Sector in Hong Kong


Ian Scott

ISBN : 978-962-209-172-6

Politics, Government, Public Administration

January 2010

412 pages, 6″ x 9″

  • HK$225.00

This book describes and analyses the role of the public sector in the often-charged political atmosphere of post-1997 Hong Kong. It discusses critical constitutional, organisational and policy problems and examines their effects on relationships between government and the people. A concluding chapter suggests some possible means of resolving or minimising the difficulties which have been experienced.

Ian Scott is Emeritus Professor of Government and Politics at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Public and Social Administration at the City University of Hong Kong. He taught at the University of Hong Kong between 1976 and 1995 and was Chair Professor of Politics and Public Administration between 1990 and 1995. Between 1995 and 2002, he was Chair Professor of Government and Politics at Murdoch University. Over the past twenty-five years, he has written extensively on politics and public administration in Hong Kong.

“Professor Ian Scott’s latest book The Public Sector in Hong Kong provides a systematic analysis of Hong Kong’s state of governance in the post-1997 period and should be read by government officials, politicians, researchers, students and general readers who seek a better understanding of the complexities of the city’s government and politics.” —Anthony B. L. Cheung, Secretary for Transport and Housing, HKSAR; former President of the Hong Kong Institute of Education

“The book is excellently written, thoroughly researched . . . and well documented. Based mainly on archival materials and some interviews, The Public Sector in Hong Kong should be required reading for students of public administration of Hong Kong and for those interested in how the Hong Kong government operates (or doesn’t).” —John P. Burns, The China Journal