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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

more

powerful.

In

terms

of

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

Taiwan. It

is assumed

their larger

neighbours

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).

Indeed,

the

Institute

for

terms of

an

Although Hong Kong’s status as a global city-state appears to be beyond question, the

notion that global cities

is

questionable.

Thus,

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.

political

and

administrative

context

To

of

Hong Kong, with a large part of that unique context being its recent

China. before

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,

governance.

the

focus

here

To understand the impact of globalisation on

will

be

on

the

reform

of

its

system

of

public

administration.

Here, the assumption

governance by ‘internationalising efforts (Rhodes 1997: 197).

policy

is that making’

globalisation weakens the capacity for which impacts on administrative reform

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