Changing Government–Business Relations and the Governance of Hong Kong

  • Tak-Wing Ngo


The dominance of business interests in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government is obvious. Even before the formal inauguration of the HKSAR, sceptics were quick to point out that ‘Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong’ was becoming ‘business people governing Hong Kong’. Without doubt, the voice of business has been loud during the entire transition period: from the drafting of the Basic Law, the setting up of the Preliminary Working Committee, the Preparatory Committee and the Selection Committee, to the selection of a shipping magnate as the Chief Executive and the creation of a Provisional Legislative Council, business interests have been well represented. This leads some observers to suggest that the supposed new era of rule is, in fact, a continuation/reproduction of the ‘colonial pact’: a strategy of wooing the business élite by co-opting their representatives into policy making and law making (Beja 1997).


Business Interest Colonial Rule Rent Seek Business Relation Liberal Party 
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