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The Legislature

Percy Luen-tim Lui

in Contemporary Hong Kong Government and Politics

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9789888139477
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9789882208681 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888139477.003.0003
The Legislature

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This chapter examines changes to the membership composition of the HKSAR Legislative Council (LegCo) and reviews how these changes affect the performance of the LegCo. It then studies the functions and powers of the LegCo, such as lawmaking and overseeing the government's performance. Next, the chapter investigates the performance of the Third HKSAR LegCo (2004–08) and concludes that its performance was less impressive than that of the 1995–97 LegCo. The chapter details why the HKSAR LegCo is unable to perform as effectively as the pre-handover LegCo. It then suggests methods of strengthening the functioning of the HKSAR LegCo in the future, such as amending Article 74 of the Basic Law and reforming the LegCo‧s committee and panel systems.

Keywords: Hong Kong; Government; Politics; Special Administrative Region; Basic Law; Legislative Council

Chapter.  8557 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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