Brian C.H. Fong

Brian C.H. Fong
The Education University of Hong Kong | ied · The Academy of Hong Kong Studies

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Dr. Brian C.H. Fong is a comparative political scientist based in Hong Kong. He is currently Associate Professor with the Department of Asian and Policy Studies and Associate Director of the Academy of Hong Kong Studies at the Education University of Hong Kong. Previously, he was Lecturer in the Division of Social Sciences of the City University of Hong Kong (2007 to 2013) and Executive Officer of the HKSAR Government (2001 to 2007). My academic profile: http://bit.ly/Brian_AcademicCV
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August 2015 - December 2021
The Education University of Hong Kong
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  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (26)
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This chapter adopts a historical perspective to trace the formation, codification, and constitutionalization of the two major pillars of the budgetary institutions in Hong Kong, that is the fiscal conservatism and the fiscal autonomy. The historical analyses will demonstrate the high degree of institutional continuity of Hong Kong’s budgetary insti...
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This chapter traces the transformation of the budgetary decision-making in Hong Kong, using the transitional period of the 1980–1990s as the dividing line. Owing to the internal and external driving forces both within and outside the Hong Kong government since the 1980–1990s, a new interaction pattern of budgetary actors has emerged and significant...
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This chapter compares the budget oversight institutions and practices of two Chinese territorial autonomies, Hong Kong and Macao, using the Open Budget Survey methodology. It will demonstrate that the varying practices of budget oversight of Hong Kong and Macao are the consequences of their different bases of opposition politics, including democrat...
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This chapter compares whether and how budget openness in Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan is related to their regime trajectories by applying the Open Budget Survey methodology. Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, which are transitional regimes experiencing different regime trajectories, are ideal places to test whether and how budget openness was improved a...
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This chapter examines the dynamics of deficit politics and surplus politics through a comparative analysis of Hong Kong and Singapore. It is a pioneer attempt to compare the dynamics of both deficit politics and surplus politics, broadening the research focus of public budgeting studies from deficit politics to surplus politics and providing a comp...
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“This book is a treasure. It illustrates the uniqueness of the Hong Kong budgetary system, but more importantly, convincingly places it in a comparative context— a distinctive case of territorial autonomy. The book is a must-have for the classroom adoption of any teaching related to Hong Kong politics or budgetary system.” —Professor Wang Xiaohu, C...
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La littérature existante postule que la transparence budgétaire s’améliore souvent à des moments critiques du processus de démocratisation. Hong Kong, Macao et Taïwan, qui sont des régimes transitoires connaissant actuellement différentes trajectoires de régime, devraient présenter des cadres idéaux pour vérifier la validité de cette théorie. En ex...
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Traditionally, budgetary scholars focus on deficit politics in Western democracies, emphasizing budgetary conflicts among budgetary actors over different strategies to balance budgets. While most countries are facing budget deficits, some countries and regions are experiencing budget surpluses. However, surplus politics, and its comparison with def...
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The existing literature postulates that budget openness often improves at critical moments of democratization. Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, which are transitional regimes currently experiencing different regime trajectories, should be ideal places to test the validity of this theory. By examining whether and how open budget reforms in Hong Kong, Ma...
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Corruption Prevention and Governance in Hong Kong Ian Scott and Ting Gong New York and London: Routledge, 2018 xiii + 229 pp. £92.00 ISBN 978-0-81539513-3 - Volume 238 - Brian C.H. Fong
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With a new cold war between China and the United States on the horizon, Priscilla Roberts’s and Odd Arne Westad’s edited volume China, Hong Kong, and the Long 1970s has provided us with a unique global-historical perspective to understand and interpret the rise of China dating back to the 1970s. In this volume Roberts and Westad have brought toget...
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Since the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on 1 July 1997, “governance crisis” has become the most popular term used by local politicians and academics to describe the politics of post-colonial Hong Kong. If “governance” is defined as “the capacity of government to make and implement policy” (Pierre and Peters 20...
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This book examines the socio-political conflicts which have arisen since Hong Kong’s return to China and confronts the fundamental problems in the design of the One Country, Two Systems (OCTS) Model. It considers not only the issue of democratization, but also the institutional fractures in the executive-dominant political system and the disconnect...
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Hong Kong in the Shadow of China: Living with the Leviathan Richard C. Bush Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2016 ISBN 978-0-815-72812-2 Democratization in Hong Kong – and China? Lynn T. White III Boulder, CO, and London: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2016 ISBN 978-1-62637535-2 - Volume 231 - Brian C. H. Fong
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The Politics of China–Hong Kong Relations: Living with Distant Masters Peter W. Preston Cheltenham, UK, Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2016 ix + 230 pp. £75.00 ISBN 978-1-78471-128-3 - Volume 228 - Brian C. H. Fong
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In recent years when many Western economies are facing serious public debt crises and undergoing massive fiscal austerity, China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR)’s experience is quite different as it has achieved successive years of huge budget surpluses and has accumulated an unprecedented level of fiscal reserves. Ironically, the...
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During the British colonial days, Hong Kong's system of governance was usually described as an "executive-dominant system." When crafting Hong Kong's post-colonial political order in the 1980s, the Chinese leaders decided to maintain this executive-dominant style of governance in the HKSAR. Nevertheless, in spite of a wide range of constitutional p...
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As a hybrid regime, Hong Kong has been governed by a state-business alliance since the colonial era. However, since the handover in 1997, the transformation of Hong Kong's political and socio-economic environment has eroded the conditions that supported a viable state-business alliance. This state-business alliance, which was once a solution for Ho...
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Existing literature has long recognized that a partnership has been forged between the PRC government and Hong Kong's capitalist class. However, the implications of such a partnership for HKSAR governance have yet to be thoroughly explored. By examining the formation of this partnership and its consolidation after 1997, this article argues that the...
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In the years leading to the handover on 1 July 1997, there were both pessimists and optimists among the observers of the process of decolonisation and the establishment of the so-called “One Country, Two systems” arrangement in Hong Kong. For the pessimists, their main concerns were two. First, the socialist system in China could hardly accommodate...
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Similar to its colonial predecessor, the post-colonial Hong Kong state relies on its business allies to mediate state-society relations. Nevertheless, because of the erosion of the intermediary role of business elites, the state-business alliance now struggles to accommodate the rising challenges of civil society. The case of Hong Kong offers an in...
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"A dissertation submitted to the Department of Public and Social Administration in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management." Title from title screen (viewed on Oct. 26, 2006) Thesis (M.A.)--City University of Hong Kong, 2006. Includes bibliographical references. Mode of access: World...

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