Eclectic corporatism and state interventions in post-colonial Hong Kong

Ma Ngok

in Repositioning the Hong Kong Government

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9789888083497
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209107 | DOI:
Eclectic corporatism and state interventions in post-colonial Hong Kong

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This chapter outlines the transformation of governance in Hong Kong since the colonial era. It seeks to debunk the myth of Hong Kong's colonial laissez-faire policy as the result of ideological adherence to the free market, arguing instead that it resulted from a carefully forged strategy of legitimizing colonial rule. After 1997, the state form of Hong Kong changed as a consequence of decolonization, democratization and economic restructuring. Continued efforts to incorporate new political elites into the state machinery have an eclectic, increasingly fragmented, corporatist structure. A type of 'organizational feudalism' leads to ad hoc and particularistic interventions by the government.

Keywords: Governance; Hong Kong; Colonialism; Decolonization; Laissez faire; Free market; Corporatism; Organizational feudalism; Intervention; Legitimacy

Chapter.  8306 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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