The contribution of advocacy NGOs in governance through cultivating of a participatory culture: Case studies in Hong Kong

Yui Kei LEUNG, Yan Wing LEUNG, Wai Wa Timothy YUEN

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Abstract

A vibrant civil society, composed of active non-governmental organizations (NGOs), has always been identified as an important factor for "good governance". This paper reports a pilot study using semi-structured interviews to find out the contribution of advocacy NGOs in the governance of Hong Kong. It points out that the NGO's conception of good governance in the Hong Kong context, as revealed by the findings, comprises inter alia: legitimacy obtained through democratic elections, ability to realize the autonomy of the HKSAR, and proper checks and balances not just within the government but also about the possible domination of business interest in the government's policy making process. It further reveals how NGOs can contribute to "good governance" by nurturing a democratic culture through civic education in schools. Hopefully this paper can be of reference value to the international audience as it reflects how the worldwide criteria of good governance are reflected in the context of Hong Kong, a special administrative region with a high degree of autonomy where the building up of a truly democratic government is yet to be realized. Copyright © 2016 by authors, all rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-500
JournalUniversal Journal of Educational Research
Volume4
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

Citation

Leung, Y. K., Leung, Y. W., & Yuen, T. W. W. (2016). The contribution of advocacy NGOs in governance through cultivating of a participatory culture: Case studies in Hong Kong. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 4(3), 490-500.

Keywords

  • Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) advocacy groups
  • Good governance
  • Citizenship education
  • Autonomy
  • Democratic government
  • Political arena

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