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International Seminar: Alternative Social Projects in the Context of the European Crisis and the Hong Kong Transformation

Conference/Seminars
Date                 29 November 2013
Time                 9:30am-5:00pm
Venue               GH803, FH Conference Room, POLYU

Since the mid-1980s there have been considerable debates over the future of social policies in open economies.  The current difficulty in the United States of launching the so-called “Obamacare” healthcare programme is a perfect indicator of the state of the conflict between conservatives who seek to block the implementation of the scheme and liberals who want to implement it. In Europe, the Maastricht Treaty of 1992 was a response to this challenge of increasing the weight of market mechanisms in the EU’s internal coordination. In 2000, the Euro, became the official currency of 17 EU member states but the 2008 global financial crisis complicated this context of major changes and uncertainties.  Hong Kong however offers a very different perspective.  For a long time, its policy was mainly characterized by “non-positive intervention”.  Yet in recent years and in view of the government’s large budget surplus, increasing demands have been made by the population and a burgeoning civil society to develop Hong Kong with a “social model”.  This seminar aims to present the current state of the debate in Europe and in Hong Kong in transforming their social systems to meet the aspirations of their citizens.

 International Seminar

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