Wai-Hang Yee

Wai-Hang Yee
The University of Hong Kong | HKU · Department of Politics and Public Administration

PhD

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Introduction
Additional affiliations
January 2016 - present
The University of Hong Kong
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
July 2012 - December 2015
National University of Singapore
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)

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Publications (15)
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What drives regulatees‘ behaviors when the institution of law is weak? This study seeks to answer the question by examining environmental regulation enforcement in China. Based on survey and interview data on Hong Kong-owned manufacturing enterprises in the Pearl River Delta Region, Guangdong Province, we found that their decisions to adopt basic a...
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This paper compares the key arguments of ecological modernization theory (EMT) with the reality of recent environmental reform in China. Based on data gathered from a survey and in-depth interviews with executives from Hong Kong-based enterprises operating in Guangdong province, we examine the changing roles of government, market, and civil society...
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What might account for the varying degrees of autonomy granted to public agencies? One broad range of answers is provided by a structural-instrumental perspective on organizations, which assumes that the assignment of autonomy is a response to structural features of organizing on the one hand and to task considerations on the other. Taking the case...
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In June 2008, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) extended technical assistance to the Asian Ombudsman Association (AOA), an organization of accountability institutions in Asia that protect the public from acts of maladministration, bureaucratic inefficiency, indifference, negligence, improper service, and corruption. The technical assistance aims to...
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A survey of agency chief executives in Hong Kong found that they perceive themselves to have high levels of policy autonomy. This could be interpreted in two ways: either that agency chiefs perceive they can exert power over their ‘principals’ through taking advantage of information asymmetries and by adopting other stratagems to evade supervision;...
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How street-level organizations enforce regulations carries important governance implications. Through reviewing the regulatory enforcement literature and categorizing it into three broad governance modes, this article discusses the individual and organizational capacity prerequisites for street-level organizations to enact the corresponding governm...
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Purpose The paper proposes that public sector organizations facing institutionalized reform pressure may not only integrate the reform into their operation when it fits but also pace the integration while undergoing organizational cultural transformations to fit with the reform. The newly cultivated cultural characteristics, nonetheless, need to be...
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Has the establishment of the China Food and Drug Administration in 2013 and the substantial revision of the Food Safety Law in 2015 addressed earlier implementation deficits in China’s food safety policy? Through a comprehensive literature review and series of in-depth interviews with local regulatory officials in Beijing, this study observed impro...
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Attributes of communities have long been considered a major influence on people’s self-organized governing behavior (Ostrom 2005). Does Confucianism, a widely shared set of traditional ideas, inform Chinese homeowners in governing their neighborhoods? Based on in-depth interviews with 27 homeowner association (HOA) organizers from 16 neighborhoods...
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The study looks into how governance qualities of decentralized governments mediate the impacts of decentralization on development. Based on a set-oriented approach, the study analyzed data from a nation-wide survey conducted with business managers from all provinces in Indonesia, and found evidence that, despite the country’s uniform decentralizati...
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Recent literature on bureaucratic structure has gone further than studying discretions given to bureaucrats in policy making, and much attention is now paid to understanding how bureaucratic agencies are managed. This article proposes that the way in which executive governments manage their agencies varies according to their constitutional setting...
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Questions about organizational autonomy have been prominent in recent public administration reform discourse and, accordingly, have become of increased interest to public administration researchers (Verhoest et al. 2004a). As well as recent developments and debates, such as discussion about the benefits of New Public Management (NPM) style ‘autonom...

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