New release: “Consultative politics” refined: The precarious development of civic engagement in post-colonial Hong Kong by Dr. Kay Lam Chi-yan
Since 2004, The Hong Kong SAR government has tried to enlarge its policy deliberation framework by conducting various forms of civic engagement, and the acknowledgement of civic engagement by the former Chief Executive Donald Tsang in 2007 has further advanced and refined it as one of the major consultation strategies.
Lam Chi-yan : Hong Kong lacks a clear code of practice on public consultations
The practice of Hong Kong government officials to privately consult interest groups on public policy or projects has stirred vigorous debate in the wake of the Wang Chau controversy. People were outraged to learn earlier this year that the government scaled back housing development on a brownfield site after talks with rural leaders linked to it, and roundly criticised such “soft lobbying”, or informal consultation.