District Councils, Advisory Bodies, and Statutory Bodies

Jermain T.M. Lam

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:
District Councils, Advisory Bodies, and Statutory Bodies

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This chapter examines Hong Kong's local government system and its complex web of local, advisory, and statutory bodies. It first details the development, functions, and political role of the District Councils. With the passage of the government's constitutional reform package in June 2010, the District Councils play a more than consultative role in the governance process. Moreover, the nature of the District Councils is also being transformed from a simple advisory body to a dynamic arena for power struggle. Next, the chapter explains the types and functions of Hong Kong advisory and statutory bodies and the 2003 review of the operation of these bodies. Despite the 2003 review, there are still some inadequacies in the operation of these bodies. As the context within which the District Councils, and advisory and statutory bodies operate has changed from consultative politics to democratic and electoral politics, these bodies must adapt to the changes in the external political environment; otherwise they will lose their creditability and be unable to make contribution to the governance process.

Keywords: Hong Kong; Government; Politics; Special Administrative Region; District Councils; Statutory bodies

Chapter.  8381 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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