Why Hong Kong Is a Consultative Government in the First Half of the 20th Century

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Historian G.B. Endacott thought that the Hong Kong government was a consultative government. The definition of a consultative government is that it consults people’s opinions and listens to them. The features of a consultative Government are that it establishes communication between local associations, asks and listen to opinion of people, asks for opinion and support in decisions making, sets up advisory bodies to collect opinions and set up departments to consult people’s opinions. To a large extent, I agree that the Hong Kong government was a consultative government in the first half of the 20th century. To a small extent, I don’t agree that the Hong Kong government was a consultative government in the 20th century. In the following essay, I will further explain why Hong Kong was a consultative government in the first half of the 20th century in the five features of a consultative government. In a larger extent, I agree that Hong Kong was a consultative government in the first half of the 20th century. First, it established communication with the local association that it had established communication with the Chinese association. The government had collected opinions from two types of the Chinese associations, the Chinese mutual-aid associations and chartable organization. In the Chinese mutual-aid association, like the district societies, clan associations and kaifong welfare associations, they helped to settle disputes, find jobs and obtain relief fund to the local people, so they knew people’s life well. They helped reflecting the opinions of people well and the Hong Kong government offered them supports as a way to compensate for its lack of social welfare services. In the charitable organization, like the Tung Wah Group and the Po Leung Kuk, they helped to carry out different welfare programs. The Hong Kong government often consulted opinions form the directors of the above organization and built a good relationship with them. Second,...
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