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The Public Sector: An Overview

Ian Scott

in The Public Sector in Hong Kong

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9789622091726
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207578 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622091726.003.0010
The Public Sector: An Overview

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The public sector is generally comprised of government agencies and related agencies that are funded by taxes, fees, and charges or profits from the sale of state-owned assets. These public agencies include bureaus, departments, the judiciary, funded statutory bodies, publicly-owned corporations, fully or partly-subsidised organisations such as social welfare agencies, schools, and universities. The public sector does not include privately-owned companies or voluntary organisations. In Hong Kong, government agencies or the civil service comprise the Chief Executive, the Financial Secretary and the Secretary for Justice, twelve bureaus, and almost sixty departments. This chapter provides an overview of the organisation and functions of the public sector in Hong Kong including issues concerning autonomy, legitimacy, accountability, and policy making processes of these sectors. In this chapter, the focus is on the organisation and functions of the Hong Kong public sector during the colonial period to the country's freedom from British rule in 1997.

Keywords: public sector; government agencies; Hong Kong; organisation; functions; autonomy; legitimacy; accountability; policy making; Hong Kong public sector

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