Moving Millions: The Commercial Success and Political Controversies of Hong Kong's Railway (Paperback)

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Moving Millions: The Commercial Success and Political Controversies of Hong Kong's Railway (Paperback)


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With the “merger” of the MTRC and the KCRC in 2007, the history of Hong Kong’s railways turned a new page. The two government-owned corporations were exceptionally profitable. Yet, this commercially successful railway model was not without social costs and political controversies. Moving Millions critically examines the governance history of the MTRC and the KCRC over the past three decades, and sheds light on the challenges to Hong Kong’s railway after the “merger”. The author discusses complex relationships between railway management, government policy and politics. Critical issues are analysed, including corporate governance; railway-property development; funding and managing new projects; mismanagement and controversies; public accountability; and passenger interest in fares, choice and convenience. The book compares how differently the MTRC and the KCRC dealt with the government, civil society, the market, and with each other to achieve commercial objectives and tackle public interests issues in a post-industrial society, where public expectations are rising despite constraints in democracy.
Dr Rikkie Yeung is a consultant and research scholar in public affairs and public policies. A former member of the Hong Kong Government’s Central Policy Unit, Constitutional Affairs Bureau and Chief Secretary’s Office, she was a visiting fellow at the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies of the Brookings Institution in the United States in 2006–7. Dr Yeung received her doctoral degree from the University of Hong Kong and has an MBA as well as Master of Journalism.
Product Details ISBN: 9789622099630
ISBN-10: 9622099637
Publisher: Hong Kong University Press
Publication Date: May 1st, 2008
Pages: 332
Language: English
“Dr Rikkie Yeung’s pioneer volume not only provides an excellent comparative analysis of Hong Kong’s two railway corporations up to their ‘merger’ in 2007, but also examines critical issues of railway governance and politics. Moving Millions goes beyond t

“Providing mobility to millions is a matter of political choice. This is a clearly told story of missteps and missed opportunities in the slow expansion of rail in Hong Kong, when it could have been much faster.” — Christine Loh, CEO, Civic Exchange

“Authoritative, lively and often provocative, Moving Millions is an important contribution to our understanding of Hong Kong’s astonishing success. It reveals how in this ultra-capitalist city, bureaucrats were left to create a railway system that is amon

“Dr Rikkie Yeung has tackled an important problem of modern public policy how to ensure good performance and accountability for public institutions when democratic mechanisms are either ineffective or non-existent. She has done so in a skilful and insight

“A comprehensive and insightful book, appropriately informed by significant governance and policy perspectives. An essential read for anyone seeking to understand arrangements so vital to the life and vibrancy of Hong Kong.” — Professor Ian Thynne, Chair