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Title: Institutional Analysis of Organizational Change: The Case of the Hong Kong Police
Journal: International Criminal Justice Review  Volume:15  Issue:1  Dated:May 2005  Pages:38-57
Author(s): Allan Y. Jiao; Raymond W. K. Lau; Percy Lui
Date Published: May 2005
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Rowan University
Glassboro, NJ 08028
US Dept of State
Washington, DC 20520
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines the change of the Hong Kong Police (HKP) and related issues during Hong Kong’s transition from British colonial rule to Chinese sovereignty in 1997.
Abstract: After 156 years of British colonial rule, Hong Kong returned to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, 1997. This paper uses the institutional perspective to study how the Hong Kong Police (HKP) responded to changes in its institutional environment. It argues that the HKP’s paramilitary traditions greatly constrained changes. The paramilitary traditions of the HKP were institutionalized when it was a police force on which the colonial regime relied for public order management. When the customer-based public service reform was launched, the HKP’s paramilitary rituals and practices undermined the prospect of a service culture. It is concluded that the change in the HKP’s environment from a British colony to a Chinese special administrative region has not had a significant impact in altering these institutionalized values. This institutional perspective, as applied to the HKP illustrates how the institutional environment affects the practices and behaviors of a major police organization and its responses to external challenges. References
Main Term(s): Police reform
Index Term(s): Foreign police; Future of policing; History of policing; Hong Kong; Police planning; Police policy development; Policing innovation
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