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Article: In the public interest? A critical examination of professional planners in an executive-led government

TitleIn the public interest? A critical examination of professional planners in an executive-led government
Authors
Issue Date2000
PublisherCity University of Hong Kong, Department of Public and Social Administration. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sa/text/publications/journal.html
Citation
Public Administration and Policy: a Hong Kong and Asia-Pacific journal, 2000, v. 9 n. 1, p. 53-73 How to Cite?
AbstractReports the findings of a survey, involving 59 professional urban planners, which examined how urban planners working within Hong Kong's Special Administrative Region regime perceive their role in the planning process, what they believe constitutes the 'public interest' and how receptive they are to civilian participation in the planning process and inputs from citizens' political representatives. Describes the planning environment in Hong Kong, characterized as 'administrative authoritarianism' (Chui, 1996) in which an executive-led administration has overwhelming authority over the legislature and therefore considerable power over urban planning; discusses the statutory and administrative mechanisms which give the government supremacy in the planning process; and points out that the extent of civilian participation is extremely limited, leaving the government to interpret and act on the 'public interest'. Offers an appraisal of the socio-economic and political context in which urban planners operate and concludes that as civil society becomes more articulate and more demanding of a role in identifying the public interest, government planners must rethink their own interpretation of the public interest.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/89701
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dc.contributor.authorChui, EWTen_HK
dc.contributor.authorNg, MKen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T10:00:43Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T10:00:43Z-
dc.date.issued2000en_HK
dc.identifier.citationPublic Administration and Policy: a Hong Kong and Asia-Pacific journal, 2000, v. 9 n. 1, p. 53-73en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1022-0275-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/89701-
dc.description.abstractReports the findings of a survey, involving 59 professional urban planners, which examined how urban planners working within Hong Kong's Special Administrative Region regime perceive their role in the planning process, what they believe constitutes the 'public interest' and how receptive they are to civilian participation in the planning process and inputs from citizens' political representatives. Describes the planning environment in Hong Kong, characterized as 'administrative authoritarianism' (Chui, 1996) in which an executive-led administration has overwhelming authority over the legislature and therefore considerable power over urban planning; discusses the statutory and administrative mechanisms which give the government supremacy in the planning process; and points out that the extent of civilian participation is extremely limited, leaving the government to interpret and act on the 'public interest'. Offers an appraisal of the socio-economic and political context in which urban planners operate and concludes that as civil society becomes more articulate and more demanding of a role in identifying the public interest, government planners must rethink their own interpretation of the public interest.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherCity University of Hong Kong, Department of Public and Social Administration. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sa/text/publications/journal.htmlen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofPublic Administration and Policy: a Hong Kong and Asia-Pacific journalen_HK
dc.titleIn the public interest? A critical examination of professional planners in an executive-led governmenten_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailChui, EWT: ernest@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailNg, MK: meekng@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.authorityNg, MK=rp01015en_HK
dc.identifier.hkuros64787en_HK
dc.identifier.hkuros54799-

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