DATE: June 2011 FILED UNDER: Books, Economy, Index_Publications, Issues, News, Publications, Social TAG: Hong Kong Politics
(By Simon N. M. Young and Richard Cullen)
A Civic Exchange Study – In 2007, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region held its first-ever contested election for Chief Executive, selected by 800 members of an Election Committee drawn from roughly 7% of the population. The outcome was a foregone conclusion, but the process allowed a pro-democracy legislator to obtain enough nominations to contest the election. The office of Chief Executive is as unique as the system used to fill the office, distinct from colonial governors and other leaders of Chinese provinces and municipalities. The head of the HKSAR enjoys greater autonomous powers, such as powers to nominate principal officials for Chinese appointment, pardon offenders and appoint judges. Despite its many anti-democratic features, the Election Committee has generated behavior typically associated with elections in leading capitalist democracies and has also gained prominence on the mainland as the vehicle for returning Hong Kong deputies to the National People’s Congress. This book reviews the history and development of the Election Committee (and its predecessor), discusses its ties to legislative assemblies in Hong Kong and Mainland China, and reflects on the future of the system. Purchase the book at HKU Press | Amazon
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Writing about the Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong is bound to be a sensitive subject because its presence in Hong Kong is still meant to be a “secret”, although one that everyone has known about for a very long time. Christine Loh’s exposition of the Communist Party’s co-optation and persuasion is particularly revealing for anyone not versed in communist-speak.
The Communist Party in Hong Kong is a heavyweight player in shaping our future. Christine have shared her pioneer study and examination of the role that the Chinese Communist Party has played in Hong Kong since the creation of the Party in 1921. (more…)
The world economy has expanded to the point where a number of planetary boundaries, of which climate change is the most talked about, are being severely stretched. There are simply too many unsustainable trajectories for the system to continue as it has for the past several decades for several more decades to come. Moving to a more sustainable development path will require making truly basic changes in what, how, and how much is produced and consumed. That, in turn, will require nothing less than restructuring the economy, a makeover of consumer lifestyles, and re-examining values.
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Edited by Christine Loh, Andrew Stevenson, Simon Tay
There is little question that Asia must work alongside the developed countries, and all others, to contribute to a global climate change solution. The question that remains, however, is the nature, extent, and terms of Asia’s contribution. The different chapters in this book each review an important topic in Asia’s objectives, concerns, aspirations, and responsibilities in addressing global climate change.
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This book provides a thorough critique of Hong Kong’s problematic environmental policy since 1997. The authors address the major environmental issues facing Hong Kong, what progress has been made, the sifnificant challenges that remain, and the reasons behind the success of some policies and failure in the vision and implementation of others.
This book examines how Tung Chee Hwa and Donald Tsang led Hong Kong. Their visions, styles, beliefs, and choices made a substantial difference to how Hong Kong has been governed in the last ten years. The authors use the major speeches and decisions of the Chief Executives that best embody their values, assumptions and ideas about government and policy to analyse their leadership.
This book examines Hong Kong’s air quality policy in the ten years since 1997. Despite some progress, regulation is often either inadequate and set goals, even when met, do not meaningfully address the most important issues. This book provides an in-depth examination of Hong Kong’s airpollution in the light of the scope and efficacy of existing policy.
Edited by Christine Loh and Civic Exchange
This book provides detailed information on: the relevant law of functional constituencies, their place in the Basic Law and with respect to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, their history, a full list of functional constituencies and their size and make-up of their electorates including how certain major companies may control large numbers of votes.
Another chapter reports on a pioneering study which polled individual functional constituency voters to build up the first comprehensive picture of such electors. Then the impacts of the functional constituency members on social policy-making and on economic policy are examined, and deleterious effects on economic efficiency of its entrenchment of vested interests argued. An enclosed CD provides a rich resource of additional data on the functional constituencies.