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postgraduate thesis: Revisiting the role of the government in poverty alleviation in Hong Kong : policy attention, choice and change

TitleRevisiting the role of the government in poverty alleviation in Hong Kong : policy attention, choice and change
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Issue Date2017
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Citation
Wong, S. J. [黃倩莊]. (2017). Revisiting the role of the government in poverty alleviation in Hong Kong : policy attention, choice and change. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR.
AbstractHong Kong has maintained a residual welfare model since the colonial era. In recent years, there have been significant changes in how the government positions itself in the fight against poverty. Changes at the ideological, institutional and strategic levels are observed. For instance, there has been a greater inclination towards income redistribution, capacity building of the poor, transfer in cash and collaboration with the civil society. This dissertation seeks to understand how the issue of poverty had captured the attention of policymakers and how the policy choices were shaped, which ultimately led to the policy change. Through content analysis of official documents and newspapers as well as case studies, it is argued that the changing problem definitions of poverty, the exploitation of multiple institutional venues by policymakers and advocates to put forward such definitions, and the change in social construction of the poor from undeserving to deserving have influenced policy attention and the choice of policy tools in poverty alleviation in Hong Kong over the past two decades. In the agenda setting process, policy actors from the civil society and legislature have reshaped poverty from an economic problem which should be resolved through economic growth and a labour problem which should be resolved through employee retraining and job matching, to a social justice problem which entails redistributive measures and remedial actions against the sources of injustice. The shift of public perception of the poor from undeserving to deserving, coupled with their stronger political representation, has constituted the change in social construction of different strata of the poor. Such changes in agenda dynamics and social construction have led to surges in policy attention on poverty and the use of different policy tools to address this wicked problem.
DegreeDoctor of Public Administration
SubjectGovernment policy - China - Hong Kong - Poverty
Dept/ProgramPolitics and Public Administration
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/252074

 

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dc.contributor.authorWong, Shin-chon, Jennifer-
dc.contributor.author黃倩莊-
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-10T04:32:25Z-
dc.date.available2018-04-10T04:32:25Z-
dc.date.issued2017-
dc.identifier.citationWong, S. J. [黃倩莊]. (2017). Revisiting the role of the government in poverty alleviation in Hong Kong : policy attention, choice and change. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR.-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/252074-
dc.description.abstractHong Kong has maintained a residual welfare model since the colonial era. In recent years, there have been significant changes in how the government positions itself in the fight against poverty. Changes at the ideological, institutional and strategic levels are observed. For instance, there has been a greater inclination towards income redistribution, capacity building of the poor, transfer in cash and collaboration with the civil society. This dissertation seeks to understand how the issue of poverty had captured the attention of policymakers and how the policy choices were shaped, which ultimately led to the policy change. Through content analysis of official documents and newspapers as well as case studies, it is argued that the changing problem definitions of poverty, the exploitation of multiple institutional venues by policymakers and advocates to put forward such definitions, and the change in social construction of the poor from undeserving to deserving have influenced policy attention and the choice of policy tools in poverty alleviation in Hong Kong over the past two decades. In the agenda setting process, policy actors from the civil society and legislature have reshaped poverty from an economic problem which should be resolved through economic growth and a labour problem which should be resolved through employee retraining and job matching, to a social justice problem which entails redistributive measures and remedial actions against the sources of injustice. The shift of public perception of the poor from undeserving to deserving, coupled with their stronger political representation, has constituted the change in social construction of different strata of the poor. Such changes in agenda dynamics and social construction have led to surges in policy attention on poverty and the use of different policy tools to address this wicked problem. -
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.subject.lcshGovernment policy - China - Hong Kong - Poverty-
dc.titleRevisiting the role of the government in poverty alleviation in Hong Kong : policy attention, choice and change-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.description.thesisnameDoctor of Public Administration-
dc.description.thesislevelDoctoral-
dc.description.thesisdisciplinePolitics and Public Administration-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.date.hkucongregation2017-
dc.identifier.mmsid991043996465303414-

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