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The Civil Service: Structure and Functions

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/9789622091726.003.0019
The Civil Service: Structure and Functions

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The Basic Law provides only a general framework for the organisation of the Hong Kong government and has less to say on the public sector beyond the civil service. In the Basic Law of Hong Kong the functions and power of the Chief Executive is accurately described whereas some of the government departments such as the Police, Immigration, and Customs and Excise are mentioned in the Basic Law but are not described in terms of their organisations and powers. Before and after 1997, Hong Kong upholds principles that define the organisation of its government. These principles are not as easily achieved as they might be supposed. At times, there exists a gap or difference between the way the government functions and the way it is expected to operate. The Hong Kong government has always been subject to issues such as corruption, authority, economic conditions, political neutrality, and several political issues that influence the structure of the government. This chapter examines the formal structure and functions of the Hong Kong government. It examines the way the Hong Kong government should operate and assesses the government practices that deviated from the first three principles of the Hong Kong government.

Keywords: Basic Law; Hong Kong government; civil service; government functions; structure; government practices

Chapter.  11535 words.  Illustrated.

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