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Policy and the Budgetary Cycle

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/9789622091726.003.0032
Policy and the Budgetary Cycle

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One of the yardsticks to measure the performance of governments is their ability to formulate and implement sound policies that will deliver collective benefits efficiently, effectively, and economically. In Hong Kong, until the last two decades, the policy-making system was closed and well insulated from political pressure. It was the civil servants, not the politicians, who decided what were the policy problems of the country and how they should be addressed. After 1997, another system which deviated from the traditional policy making system gradually emerged. This policy making system does not always proceed chronologically but unfolds independently and simultaneously. This chapter describes and analyses the system used from the allocation of resources in Hong Kong. It looks into the principles underlying the budget, the constraints on budget-making, the budgetary cycle, and the lessons that can be learned from the patterns of expenditure and policy priorities of Hong Kong.

Keywords: governments; policies; policy-making system; civil servants; policy problems; resources; expenditure; policy priorities; budget-making

Chapter.  11404 words.  Illustrated.

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