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The government and statutory bodies in Hong Kong: centralization and autonomy

Scott, I. (2006) The government and statutory bodies in Hong Kong: centralization and autonomy. Public Organization Review, 6 (3). pp. 185-202.

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Over the past decade in Hong Kong, the relationship and accountability of statutory bodies to core government, to the legislature, and to the broader public have been the subject of continuing and, as yet, unresolved debate. Faced with scandals and other serious problems in a number of the major statutory bodies, and in the context of its own problems of lack of political support and legitimacy, the Tung administration tended to reduce the autonomy of the statutory bodies by increasing central control and integrating their functions with those of core government. Legislators have seen the problems of statutory bodies from a rather different perspective, arguing that they result from a lack of accountability and transparency. The government’s eventual concession to the need for reform has resulted, since 2003, in a review of the principles governing the work of all advisory and statutory bodies and of specific statutory bodies which have experienced serious problems. This article examines the principles contained in the review and assesses whether they are likely to lead to increased autonomy and improvements in governance standards.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Business
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
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