Administration in a small capitalist state : the Hong Kong experience

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  • I. Scott


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-199
Journal / PublicationPublic Administration & Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


Discusses the functions of bureaucracy in a minimal state and how those functions might change in response to economic growth with reference to Hong Kong. Aside from the functions which must be performed by any state, three features of Hong Kong bureaucratic practice appear to have been important in the definition of the bureaucracy's tasks in the economic growth process. These are "value for money' and the constant need to justify government expenditure; effective line implementation; and the ability to manage crises. If these constitute minimal essential requirements for such governments, they may provide useful criteria which small or micro-states, following capital growth models but not yet experiencing rapid economic development, can apply in assessing the capabilities of their own bureaucracies. -from Author