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Article: Revisiting the golden era of MacLehose and the dynamics of social reforms

TitleRevisiting the golden era of MacLehose and the dynamics of social reforms
Authors
Keywordsbudget
fiscal autonomy
Labour Party
local opinion
social reform
Issue Date2010
PublisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105836
Citation
China Information, 2010, v. 24 n. 3, p. 249-272 How to Cite?
AbstractThe so-called "MacLehose era" has been fondly remembered as a period marking the turning point in colonial rule in Hong Kong and its socioeconomic development in the postwar decades. This article, however, argues that it was London's initiatives summarized in the document Hong Kong Planning Paper that accounted for the acceleration of social reforms in the 1970s. Contrary to popular perception, MacLehose, who was beholden to local constraints, appeared to be a reluctant reformer. His inclination to defend his vision of the colony's interests brought him into heated exchanges and debates with British officials who were driven by different political calculations and strategic concerns back home. The altercations uncovered in this article reveal that the colony's perimeter for action is certainly defined by the position of the sovereign; yet, the outcome of the process was hardly preordained. Beneath the facade of subservience and accommodation, colonial administrators had stubbornly defended their vision of local interests and tried to implement the reforms at their own pace. They appeared not to be swayed by the asymmetry of power in constitutional terms. © The Author(s) 2010.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/137535
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 0.966
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.491
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dc.date.issued2010en_HK
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dc.description.abstractThe so-called "MacLehose era" has been fondly remembered as a period marking the turning point in colonial rule in Hong Kong and its socioeconomic development in the postwar decades. This article, however, argues that it was London's initiatives summarized in the document Hong Kong Planning Paper that accounted for the acceleration of social reforms in the 1970s. Contrary to popular perception, MacLehose, who was beholden to local constraints, appeared to be a reluctant reformer. His inclination to defend his vision of the colony's interests brought him into heated exchanges and debates with British officials who were driven by different political calculations and strategic concerns back home. The altercations uncovered in this article reveal that the colony's perimeter for action is certainly defined by the position of the sovereign; yet, the outcome of the process was hardly preordained. Beneath the facade of subservience and accommodation, colonial administrators had stubbornly defended their vision of local interests and tried to implement the reforms at their own pace. They appeared not to be swayed by the asymmetry of power in constitutional terms. © The Author(s) 2010.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105836en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofChina Informationen_HK
dc.rightsChina Information. Copyright © Sage Publications Ltd.en_US
dc.subjectbudgeten_HK
dc.subjectfiscal autonomyen_HK
dc.subjectLabour Partyen_HK
dc.subjectlocal opinionen_HK
dc.subjectsocial reformen_HK
dc.titleRevisiting the golden era of MacLehose and the dynamics of social reformsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.volume24en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
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