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Civil Society

Elaine Y.M. Chan

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/9789888139477.003.0009
Civil Society

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This chapter studies the characteristics of civil society in Hong Kong including its general features, and the functions, contributions, and shortfalls of civil society organizations and social service organizations. Hong Kong has a sizable and vibrant civil society but a good amount of its organizations are weak in structure and have inadequate resources. The chapter investigates the levels of participation in civil society activities and citizenship in Hong Kong, and finds that higher levels of participation are related to good citizen traits such as higher levels of pro-social behaviours and attitudes. Lastly, the chapter critically examines the constraints of Hong Kong's civil society.

Keywords: Hong Kong; Government; Politics; Special Administrative Region; Civil society; Citizenship

Chapter.  7365 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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