Civil society organizations and local governance in Hong Kong

Eliza Wing-yee Lee

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:
Civil society organizations and local governance in Hong Kong

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This chapter examines political organisation in Hong Kong from the point of view of local governance, and argues that the post-colonial government has continued to rely on structures and machinery created by the colonial state for support and legitimacy. Her study of citizens' mobilisation in reaction to urban renewal plans in Wanchai is a case study of how a defensive concern group centring originally on compensation and relocation transformed itself into an activist body demanding, albeit without immediate success, a voice in urban planning.

Keywords: Hong Kong; Local governance; Post-colonial state; Citizen mobilisation; Wanchai; Urban renewal; Activism

Chapter.  6307 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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