This book employs a unique interdisciplinary approach to analyze different ethical dilemmas in public policy, applying values and concepts to examine substantive policy and public issues that are grounded in practical realities (by integrating philosophy, political science, law, policy studies etc.), thereby bringing fresh insights to governance. Building on the nascent scholarly literature on the role of values in governance, it focuses on analyzing “social values in public policy” in the East-West context of Hong Kong, yielding new insights on how to achieve good governance by reflecting on public affairs and policy issues from a social values perspective. The book will be of interest to researchers, postgraduate and undergraduate students in the fields of philosophy, political science, public policy and social science in general, while politicians, public administrators, policy researchers and other professionals (e.g. teachers, journalists, social workers, doctors etc.) from both East and West will find it stimulating and constructive. The book offers well-founded reading and reference material for citizenship education, e.g. as teaching materials, especially for General Education courses at universities and Liberal Studies and Arts curricula in secondary schools. It also provides food for thought on the part of general citizens.
“This will be a very important and unique book in the study of ethical pluralism and
public policy in Hong Kong.”
– Professor Sonny Lo Shiu Hing
“Public policy both reflects and shapes social values and social norms. However, the so-
cial values and ethical dimensions of public policy are often left implicit and unexplored
in policy analysis and policy formulation. The big questions – what kind of society do
we want to create? What is at stake here? Whose values? – are debated and discussed
in some other context which is more distant from the applied world of policymaking.
This book takes a different position and puts ethical issues and social values up front in
an exploration of a number of key public policy issues in Hong Kong. In doing so, the
book makes a very timely intervention in Hong Kong’s increasingly contentious public
affairs and makes an important contribution to the general literature.”
– Professor Ray Forrest
About the Author
Betty Yung is Centre Research Fellow of the Centre for Governance and Citizenship at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. She completed her PhD in the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol. She worked and taught at different universities, including the University of Hong Kong, the City University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong etc. Her research interests include interdisciplinary approach to policy studies, politics and public administration.
Kam Por Yu is currently Director of the General Education Centre of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Public and Social Administration of the City University of Hong Kong and a Research Fellow in the Harvard School of Public Health of Harvard University. His latest publications include several books on Confucian ethics and practical ethics, as well as a series of papers on the Confucian views on war, peace, harmony, civility, and pluralistic values.
Table of ContentsChapter 1 Introduction: Ethical dilemmas, social values and public policy: The Context of Governance and Citizenship.- Part I: Ethics, Social Values and Public Policy.- Chapter 2 The case of Ah Bun: Euthanasia and other alternatives.- Chapter 3 The justification of the abortion law in Hong Kong: A comparative study.- Chapter 4 Compensated dating: An ethical analysis.- Chapter 5 Private sphere vs public sphere: Photo scandal of Edison Chen.- Part II: Citizenship, Social Values and Public Policy.- Chapter 6 The ethics of admission and rejection of immigrants: The case of children born in Hong Kong to Mainland parents.- Chapter 7 From the case of sex discrimination to the ideas of equality and equal opportunities.- Chapter 8 Is the public assistance programme adequate in Hong Kong? From value neutrality to moral engagement in the politics of policy research.- Chapter 9 The poverty of vision: A critique of Hong Kong's healthcare policy.- Chapter 10 A philosophical analysis on the reasons against the building of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link.- Chapter 11 Justice and Taxation: From GST to Hong Kong Tax System.- Chapter 12 Conclusion: Social values, public policy, and citizenship.