Urban Policy

James Lee

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:
Urban Policy

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This chapter argues that that urban policy should not be approached simply as finding technical means for technical problems in urban areas. Its general domain has long expanded from physical concerns to social and community concerns in which politics has a key role to play as conflicts of values are inevitable. In this process, ideally, government should fulfil the important function of interest intermediation to maintain fairness and justice. Unfortunately, contrary to what the theory suggests, Lee finds that the “growth machine thesis” under the urban political economy approach provides the most useful and powerful framework in understanding the urban policy in the HKSAR. He has seen a network of powerful interest groups, all linked up to the property market, exert a dominant influence on the urban policies in Hong Kong for their own interest maximization.

Keywords: Hong Kong; Government; Politics; Special Administrative Region; Urban policy; Property market; Conflict of interest

Chapter.  11299 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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