The Public Sector in Hong Kong

Second Edition


Ian Scott

ISBN : 978-988-8754-03-8

Politics, Government, Public Administration

September 2022

464 pages, 6″ x 9″, 10 b&w figs. and 18 tables

  • HK$295.00

This book describes and analyses the role of the public sector in the often-charged political atmosphere of post-1997 Hong Kong. In this second edition, Ian Scott explores public sector accountability in terms of Hong Kong’s constitutional framework and the structure, functions, and personnel policies of its civil service system. He examines critical issues facing the administration of the public sector and the formulation and implementation of public policy with particular attention to the political challenges confronting the Hong Kong government over the past decade. A concluding chapter assesses how contested values in a changing political environment have affected the public sector in recent years.

This edition has been fully updated to incorporate the latest statistics and research, including Scott’s work in such areas as integrity management, corruption prevention, and policing. This book is an essential resource for scholars and students of public administration and public policy in Hong Kong and more broadly for those who are interested in how a particular jurisdiction deals with common administrative problems such as centralisation, the role of statutory bodies, corruption prevention, and the redress of citizens’ grievances.

Ian Scott is emeritus professor of government and politics at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Public Policy 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. He has written extensively on politics and public administration in Hong Kong and Asia.

‘Professor Ian Scott’s book, The Public Sector in Hong Kong, now in a second much-expanded and up-to-date edition, offers a thorough and rigorous analysis of contemporary governance in Hong Kong, focusing on all the key stakeholders. The book is essential reading for government officials, politicians, journalists, academics, students, and the general public.’

John P. Burns, The University of Hong Kong

‘The second edition not only updates the development in the public sector of Hong Kong, but also provides an important perspective to help readers understand the contexts that navigate its latest developments. This edition, along with Ian Scott’s earlier work, will be judged by many in the field to be among the best books on Hong Kong politics.’

Hon S. Chan, City University of Hong Kong