The study of public administration in Hong Kong and Macao: Evolutionary paths and implications

Shiu Hing Sonny LO

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Comparatively speaking, the birth and the growth of public administration programmes, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, in Hong Kong and Macao have been a response to the increasing need for the training of students and civil servants in the discipline of public administration. Since the 1990s, the proliferation of Master of Public Administration (MPA) programmes in both the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions can be explained by the demand for local people to govern the two places in accordance with the principle of ‘one country, two systems’. The content of various MPA programmes also reflects the changing political and administrative circumstances; its public administration focus has been accompanied by core courses training students from a variety of disciplines, ranging from public finance to economics, from public policy analyses to globalization, and from regional planning to a deeper understanding of mainland Chinese government and politics. In both Hong Kong and Macao, some graduates from both the Bachelor and Master programmes have joined the civil service or enhanced their skills in public sector management and governance. Although the medium of instruction varies from one university to another, their programme objective shares one thing in common: the imperative of training existing civil servants and students to join the governments of Hong Kong and Macao. This paper compares and contrasts the development of public administration programmes in Hong Kong and Macao and examines its theoretical implications for the changing relations between politics and public administration. Copyright © 2014 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-44
JournalAsian Journal of Political Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014


Lo, S. H. (2014). The study of public administration in Hong Kong and Macao: Evolutionary paths and implications. Asian Journal of Political Science, 22(1), 20-44.


  • Public administration
  • Politics
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau
  • Public administration programmes


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