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Social Policy in Hong Kong

Edited by Paul Wilding, Professor of Social Policy, University of Manchester, UK, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Public and Social Administration at the City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Ahmed Shafiqul Huque, McMaster University, Canada and Tao Lai Po-Wah, Julia, Associate Professor, Department of Public and Social Administration, and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Social Policy in Hong Kong provides for the first time a comprehensive and critical analysis of social policy in Hong Kong. It shows that Hong Kong is far from being a simple free market economy. In many areas, Hong Kong has highly developed social policies which make a major contribution to the quality of life of its citizens.
Extent: 192 pp
Hardback Price: $127.00 Web: $114.30
Publication Date: 1997
ISBN: 978 1 85898 518 3
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  • Asian Studies
  • Asian Politics and Policy
  • Asian Social Policy
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Asian Politics
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Comparative Social Policy
Social Policy in Hong Kong provides for the first time a comprehensive and critical analysis of social policy in Hong Kong. It shows that Hong Kong is far from being a simple free market economy. In many areas, Hong Kong has highly developed social policies which make a major contribution to the quality of life of its citizens.

An introductory chapter provides background information on the economic, social and political structure of the region. Subsequent chapters cover issues such as health, housing, education, poverty and social security, social care, transport and labour protection. A concluding chapter draws out the essential nature of the Hong Kong approach and constructs a balance sheet of success and failure.

With Hong Kong becoming a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on 1 July 1997, this timely book describes social policy in the territory at the end of an era.
Contributors: B. Brewer, H.-M. Chan, R.D.C. Gauld, A.S. Huque, T.-M. Ko, K.-Y. Lau, G.O.M. Lee, J.Y.H. Leung, S. MacPherson, K.-H. Mok, V. Pearson, J. Tao, P. Wilding, N.M. Yip
Contents: Preface 1. Understanding Hong Kong (A.S. Huque, T.L. Po-wah, J. and P. Wilding) 2. Health (R.D.C. Gauld) 3. Housing (Y. Ngai-ming and L. Kwok-yu) 4. Education (C. Ho-mun and J.Y.H. Leung) 5. Poverty and Social Security (B. Brewer and S. MacPherson) 6. Social Care (V. Pearson) 7. Transport Policy (T. Ko) 8. Labour Protection (G.O.M. Lee) 9. Conclusion: Coming to a Judgement (P. Wilding and K. Mok) Index