A study of the Mainland and Hong Kong closer economic partnership arrangement
The Asian financial turmoil and global economic downturn have dealt a
devastating blow to the Hong Kong's economy since the Handover. In the meantime, the growing public resentment over the ways the Government handled the economic crisis and various political issues has led to a drastic loss of confidence in the governance of the Tung Chee Hwa's Administration. On the other hand, the successful pursuit of economic reform and opening by China, as well as China's successful accession to the WTO have provided Hong Kong with huge opportunities. Against this background, the idea of fostering closer economic ties between the Mainland and Hong Kong was given serious consideration by policy makers in the two places.
This dissertation is a study of the agenda setting process of the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement. John W. Kingdon's Agenda Setting Approach has been adopted as the major tool to analyse the interactions, roles and strategies of various policy actors in the whole process. It concludes that although there are deficiencies in Kingdon's approach, his theoretical framework has successfully conceptualised the highly complex and fluid policy process. It provides a comprehensive, feasible and useful framework for policy analysts to understand the policy process from different perspectives.
School:The University of Hong Kong
School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:hong kong china commerce
Date of Publication:01/01/2005