Politics and Institutional Change › Constitution and Institutions
Wong, T. K. Y., & Wan, P. S. (2009). Lingering environmental pessimism and the role of government in Hong Kong. Public Administration and Development, 29(5), 441–451.
Governance Hong Kong
Based on data from two opinion surveys conducted in 2000 and 2008, this study shows that Hong Kong people have been consistently highly aware of the seriousness of different environmental problems and relatively pessimistic about the future resolution of these problems. Such pessimism is arguably related to their lack of confidence in the government’s enforcement of environmental protection. Through an analysis of the environmental policy‐making and enforcement agency and three selected enforcement cases, the study further finds that the people’s lack of confidence can be traced to the government’s failure to bring about a comprehensive, integrated, far‐sighted environmental strategy with sophisticated institutional support and detailed enforcement mechanisms.