How autonomous are public corporations in Hong Kong? The case of the airport authority

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Abstract

This article examines the degree of autonomy of Hong Kong’s Airport Authority (AA). Traditionally, airport management in Hong Kong was the responsibility of the government’s Civil Aviation Department. The AA was established in 1995 to manage the new international airport at Chek Lap Kok which opened in 1998. It was expected to run as a commercial enterprise but, because of its strategic importance, there was concern that it should not become an independent empire detached from government control. As a hybrid type of organization, the AA has moved steadily towards full commercialization. The government has also put its privatization on the agenda. Its transformation may have some implications for the redefinition of the future autonomy boundaries of public corporations in Hong Kong. Copyright © 2006 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-236
JournalPublic Organization Review
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006

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Citation

Cheung, B. L. A. (2006). How autonomous are public corporations in Hong Kong? The case of the airport authority. Public Organization Review, 6(3), 221-236. doi: 10.1007/s11115-006-0014-z

Keywords

  • Autonomy
  • Integration
  • Corporatization
  • Privatization
  • Airport authority
  • Accountability
  • Regulatory controls
  • Price cap