Local, Advisory and Statutory Bodies

Ian Holliday and Glenn K. H. Hui

in Contemporary Hong Kong Politics

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9789622098299
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206779 | DOI:
Local, Advisory and Statutory Bodies

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This chapter examines the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's (HKSAR's) local government system and its complex web of local, advisory, and statutory bodies. In particular, it discusses the local government, advisory committees, and statutory bodies, and evaluates their contribution and significance to SAR governance, as well as their limitations. These bodies perform a range of public functions such as overseeing the management and delivery of public services in sectors like health care and housing. Others regulate matters such as elections and broadcasting. Moreover, the chapter summarizes the changes that have taken place in these local and advisory systems and asserts that under the executive-led government system, no major reform to them will take place in the near future. In general, it is clear that these bodies make a significant contribution to Hong Kong's executive-led government. Looking to the future, it is evident that change is taking place inside many of the bodies analyzed in this chapter, notably through creeping politicization.

Keywords: Hong Kong; local government; advisory committees; statutory bodies; governance; politicization

Chapter.  6891 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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