This book explores how the policy-making process is changing in the very volatile conditions of present day mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. It considers the overall background conditions – the need to rebalance in mainland China after years of hectic economic growth; governance transition and democratic consolidation in Taiwan; and governance crisis in Hong Kong under a regime of uncertain legitimacy. It examines the various actors in the policy-making process – the civic engagement of ordinary people and the roles of legislators, mass media and bureaucracy – and discusses how these actors interact in a range of different policy cases. Throughout the book contrasts the different approaches in the three different jurisdictions, and assesses how the policy-making process is changing and how it is likely to change further.
Preface Bennis Wai Yip So and Yuang-kuang Kao Part 1: Civic Engagement 1. Social Policy for Elderly People: the Case of Haishu District, Ningbo City Jianxing Yu and Shizong Wang 2. Civic Engagement and Policy Making in Taiwan: The Case of Great Bitan Reform Program Yuang-kuang Kao 3. Civic Engagement and Cultural Policymaking in Hong Kong: The Case of the West Kowloon Cultural Development District Samuel Leong Part 2: Legislature 4. Participatory Budgeting: A Way to Reinforce the Power of the People’s Congresses Yan Wu 5. Understanding Democratization through Electoral Connection in Congressional Policy Making: A Case on the ‘Golden Decade’ of Social Policy Legislation in Taiwan Don-yun Chen and Wun-Yan Huang 6. Can Legislature in a Half-baked Democracy Serve the Public? The Case of Minimum Wage Legislation in Hong Kong Dennis Ka Kuen Leung and Sonny Shiu Hing Lo Part 3: Mass Media 7. Mass Media in Fragmented Administrative Policymaking Power in Mainland China: The Case of the ‘Big-headed Babies’ Incident Jing Li and Songjie Liu 8. The Media Power of Manufacturing Policies: The Policymaking Process of the Su Hua Highway in Taiwan Wilbur Bing-yan Lu 9. The Role of Mass Media in Political Reform of Hong Kong Dennis Ka Kuen Leung Part 4: Bureaucracy 10. Selective Policy Implementation by Bureaucracy in China: The Case of Civil Service Remuneration Policy Alfred Muluan Wu 11. How Far Does Bureaucracy Control the Agenda of Government Personnel Administrative Policy in Taiwan? The Case of Lawmaking of Civil Service Neutrality Bennis Wai Yip So 12. Education reforms and Bureaucratic Manipulation in Post-Colonial Hong Kong Benson Wai Kwok Wong Comparison and Implications
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