Ethical Dilemmas in Public Policy

The Dynamics of Social Values in the East-West Context of Hong Kong

  • Betty Yung
  • Yu Kam Por

Part of the Governance and Citizenship in Asia book series (GOCIA)

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About this book


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


Citizenship education in Asia Citizenship in Hong Kong Democracy education Ethical Dilemmas in Public Policy Ethical issues in Hong Kong Governance and Citizenship Governance in Hong Kong Moral education Public policy and governance Social Values in governance

Editors and affiliations

  • Betty Yung
    • 1
  • Yu Kam Por
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Governance & CitizenshipThe Hong Kong Institute of EducationNew TerritoriesHong Kong
  2. 2.General Education CentreThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityKowloonHong Kong

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-0435-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-0437-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-6255
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-6263
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