Public sector reform and the re-legitimation of public bureaucratic power: The case of Hong Kong

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Abstract

Argues that from the 1980s onwards, the Hong Kong Government has initiated a series of reforms within the civil service which eventually have been subsumed within a programme of public sector reform. The key features of these reforms are not dissimilar from the style of reform espoused within "new public management" (NPM) ideology. Argues that, despite attempts to adopt NPM ideology with regard to public sector reform, Hong Kong's reforms do not share the same institutional reform logic as those of NPM. Suggests a political discourse of NPM-based public sector reform which places the relegitimation of bureaucratic power as the key to understanding the reform process. Copyright © 1996 MCB University Press.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-50
JournalInternational Journal of Public Sector Management
Volume9
Issue number5/6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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Citation

Cheung, A. B. L. (1996). Public sector reform and the re-legitimation of public bureaucratic power: The case of Hong Kong. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 9(5/6), 37-50. doi: 10.1108/09513559610146339

Keywords

  • Hong Kong
  • Managerial power
  • Public administration
  • Public sector