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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
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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)
Keywords 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
Classification Social Security; Economic Policy
Method applied research; descriptive study; empirical; quantitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 87-100
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 42 (2013) 3
Issue topic Local autonomy and welfare policy in greater China
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works