An examination of the Hong Kong foreign domestic helpers policy with public choice approach

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An examination of the Hong Kong foreign domestic helpers policy with public choice approach


Author: Lo, Tak-on
Title: An examination of the Hong Kong foreign domestic helpers policy with public choice approach
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1997
Subject: Alien labor -- Government policy -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Pages: [v], 89 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
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Abstract: The objective of this dissertation project is to examine the behaviours of the stakeholders in the Foreign Domestic Helpers policy and try to provide an explanation of how the government is handling problems associated with the Foreign Domestic Helpers in Hong Kong based upon the Public Choice approach. There were already a number of researches on topics related with the Foreign Domestic Helpers Policy in Hong Kong. However most of these researches were focused mainly on the pay and working conditions of the helpers only. Almost none of these papers tried to discuss the rationale behind the Policy and causes of problems. There are a number of stakeholders involved in any policy. Public Choice theorists suggested that each of the stakeholders, guided by their self-interest, will perceive the problems differently and will suggest the solution to their best interest. The relationships between these stakeholders are like trading partners. Policy is often the result of government response to satisfy the majority stakeholders interests. Foreign Domestic Helpers Policy in Hong Kong the stakeholders included the employers, the employees, the bureaucrats, the employment agencies, the consulates, various representatives from the employers and employees. In this project most of these stakeholders have been interviewed and their preference and opinions have been examined. Later the government's decisions are examined. The result of this project would reflect that the Hong Kong Government has adopted a public choice approach in its decision making. In fact the government is trying not to intervene in the market and the society unless there are significant changes circumstances. A simple rational model can not explain government policy making behaviour. Government actions are designed to satisfy the majority stakeholders interests rather than rational.

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