This paper has attempted to present an account explaining changes in the Hong Kong from the late 1980s onwards. Although Hong Kong is usually be highly globalised in terms of its integration with the world economy and commercial hub for east Asia, its unique political and, to some extent, context, serves to militate against some of the impacts of globalisation.
governance of considered to its status as a administrative The marginal
on Hong Kong governance is with China. When compared
due largely to preparation for, and to similar cities in East Asia, such
as Tokyo, this context is particularly important. similarity is with Singapore, which has preserved
It could be argued its colonial system to
that the greatest some extent, but
unlike Hong Kong, it is dif icult This aspect makes assessing the quantify.
to describe its government impact of globalisation on
as ‘limited’ (Common 2001). Hong Kong more difficult to
However, the paper demonstrates that the potential for changes to governance was
strong in the period leading up as the last Governor in 1992. Kong, any reforms to its system July 1997 before the Basic Law
to reunification, particularly when Patten became installed As the bureaucracy is the main political arena in Hong of governance were required to be implemented before 1st effectively froze Hong Kong governance for the next fifty
years. Although reforms since Law, freed from the constraints
1997 are required to be within the confines of the Basic of colonial rule, Hong Kong has had a freer hand to enter
the global market place for ideas, particularly with resource management (Civil Service Bureau, 1999).
The potential for policy change administration managing their relationship
was largely dissipated by
new SAR relationship
between the SAR and the mainland has dominated much of the policy debate in
Kong although the Asian Kong’s political attention
financial crisis of 1997-98 to global developments.
served to However,
temporarily divert local politics has
concerned with clarifying the Kong’s history of democratic
‘one country, two systems’ approach.
Hong Hong been Hong Law,
ultimately approved by Clearly, Hong Kong’s
Beijing. status as
Thus, Hong Kong’s a global city could
political structure be compromised
is highly unusual. by its relationship over-turn a Hong