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The Public Sector Beyond the Civil Service

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/9789622091726.003.0028
The Public Sector Beyond the Civil Service

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Although Hong Kong has reduced the size of its civil service, pay determination, and salaries, it has not openly welcomed the possible benefits of greater entrepreneurialism and the inclusion of the private sector in the workplace. While the government has devolved some of its responsibilities, it has in practice strengthened its grip on the public sector because of its desire to maintain control and to safeguard the consistency of public sector services in the central policy objectives. This chapter examines the evolution of the relationship of the government with service providers outside the traditional bureaucracy. It also discusses the legal status and funding of these outside service providers. The control and accountability of non-government organisations is discussed in this chapter including the issues and controversies arising from their operations, specifically the payment and recruitment of senior executives.

Keywords: Hong Kong; civil service; government; service providers; outside service providers; non-government organisations; control; accountability; operations

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