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A comparative analysis of the cash handout policy of Hong Kong and Macau

Vergleichende Analyse der Sozialhilfepolitik in Hongkong und Macao

Kwong, Bruce Kam Kwan

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Abstract "In 2011, Hong Kong SAR government announced an unprecedented policy of cash handouts of 6,000 HKD to all permanent residents at the age of 18 or above as a means of defusing public discontent with economic policy and poor governance. Macau SAR has also been distributing similar cash handouts since 2008 to temper public dissatisfaction and widespread demonstrations. Initially, both SAR governments were very reluctant to initiate universal cash handouts. Unlike standard welfare programmes that are budgeted for annually, the cash payment scheme in Hong Kong SAR was a one-off handout. In Macau SAR, however, the payment scheme went from being a short-term policy to a long-term policy, while other welfare programmes were also allocated more public money. This paper argues that although such cash handout policies are avoidable, they are still being adopted by politicians who place self-interest above the public interest." (author's abstract)
Thesaurusschlagwörter China; Hong Kong; Macao; social policy; social assistance; welfare recipient; regional development; regional interdependence; autonomy; welfare; welfare economics; public expenditures; motivation; Far East; developing country; Asia
Klassifikation soziale Sicherung; Wirtschaftspolitik
Methode anwendungsorientiert; deskriptive Studie; empirisch; empirisch-quantitativ
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2013
Seitenangabe S. 87-100
Zeitschriftentitel Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 42 (2013) 3
Heftthema Local autonomy and welfare policy in greater China
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz Creative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht kommerz., Keine Bearbeitung