agricultural production. Hence, Chiu et al. (1997) apply the term ‘small city-state’ to Hong Kong, which they believe is crucial to understanding its economic context, especially as Hong Kong has never had a large rural economy to speak of.
Katzenstein’s (1985) analysis of small states in Europe identified states that were
small when economically
compared to their neighbours
who were, or had economic potential,
the potential to be, Hong Kong remains
‘small’ when compared to Japan, South Korea and are under more pressure from world markets than
that small states because almost
by default, they Hong Kong has
have to be outward taken advantage of
looking. its size
Katzenstein (1985: 199) would as ‘small states with open and
argue that vulnerable
economies’ have responded effectively to changes in the global economy. World Economic Forum has lauded Hong Kong and the International Management Development for its competitiveness by scoring very highly in open financial market and a corruption free civil service (Evans 1997).
Although Hong Kong’s status as a global city-state appears to be beyond question, the
notion that global cities
are convergent in their approach to local governance and politics a further aim of this paper is to demonstrate the uniqueness of
Hong Kong’s governance while accepting its place achieve this aim, the paper begins by sketching the
in the world economic system.
Hong Kong, with a large part of that unique context being its recent
The paper will go on to contextualise Hong Kong within the moving to an assessment of the impact of globalisation on Hong
reunification with East Asia region, Kong and how it
has affected its system of governance in Hong Kong,
To understand the impact of globalisation on
Here, the assumption
governance by ‘internationalising efforts (Rhodes 1997: 197).
is that making’
globalisation weakens the capacity for which impacts on administrative reform
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