Despite a tradition of centralized government, organizational differentiation and autonomization are both features of Hong Kong’s machinery of government. Managerial devolution more generally has also been a major theme in recent Hong Kong public-sector reforms. The purpose of this chapter is to describe and analyse the various manifestations of autonomization in public-sector reforms in Hong Kong during the past 30 years, a period spanning the end of British colonial rule and the reversion to China in 1997. While Hong Kong was directly open to global ideas and trends in public-sector reform (particularly from the UK) the adoption of such measures both by the pre-1997 colonial authorities and also by the post-1997 Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government took place in the context of other powerful influences.
KeywordsCivil Servant Chief Executive Special Administrative Region Statutory Body Legislative Council
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