Sabrina Luk

Comparative Healthcare Policy in China and Hong Kong: Using the Lens of Historical Institutionalism

Supervisors: Peter Preston

My PhD study adopts the theory of historical institutionalism to examine the development of health care policies in both Hong Kong and China. It tries to solve a real world empirical puzzle about health care policy: Why does China intend to increase the role of the state in the new healthcare reform while Hong Kong intends to increase the role of the market in the new health care reform? The divergence of health care reforms in China and Hong Kong challenges the “convergence healthcare theory”, which argues that national healthcare systems become increasingly similar because of globalisation. In order to solve this empirical puzzle, my PhD study adopts the theory of historical institution to examine the development trajectories of healthcare policy in China and Hong Kong. It examines the causes of healthcare reforms and the role played by institutions in shaping the content and process of health care policy in both places.

Profile

I came to Birmingham in January 2009 to study PhD. During my undergraduate study, I majored Government and Public Administration and minored Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I obtained Bachelor of Social Science (First Class Honours) in 2005.  I studied M.Phil at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 2005 to 2007. My M.Phil thesis was about the impact of leadership and stakeholders on the success / failure of e-government services in Hong Kong. From 1 January 2008 to 1 January 2009, I studied PhD at the Department of Government and Public Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I was a tutor at the Department of Government and Public Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 2005 to 2008. Since September 2009, I have become research assistant at the Researchers Fostering Laboratory of China in Comparative Perspective Network, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Social Science (First Class Honors), the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2002-2005
  • M.Phil at the Department of Government and Public Administration, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2005-2007
  • M.Phil thesis entitled “The Impact of Leadership and Stakeholders on the Success / Failure of E-government Services in Hong Kong”, completed under the supervision of Professor Wilson Wai Ho Wong. Degree conferred December 2008.

Research interests

  • E-government and globalisation
  • Healthcare reforms
  • Public administration
  • Public personnel management
  • Public policy analysis
  • Comparative politics
  • China studies

Professional memberships

  • Member of Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)

Conference papers

“The Impact of E-government in Greater China: Case Studies of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore”. Paper presented to the 17th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) in Melbourne on 1-3 July 2008. It has been peer reviewed via a double referee process and appears on the Conference Proceedings Website: http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/mai/asaa/sabrinaluk.pdf

“The Impact of E-government in Hong Kong”. Paper presented to the Service-oriented Government and Beijing-Hong Kong Public Services Conference of China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing on 20 December 2008.

“The Impact of E-government on Government-citizen Relationship and the Provision of Public Services. The Case Study of Hong Kong”. Paper presented to British International Studies Association Postgraduate Conference “Shifting Boundaries of the Public and Private” in University of East Anglia in Norwich in the United Kingdom on 4 – 5 June 2009.

“E-government from Citizens’ Perspective: Comparative Case Studies of Hong Kong and Taiwan”. Paper presented to the Fifth Cross-Strait Conference on Public Administration (CSCPA) at the City University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong on 20-21 August 2009.

“E-government in China: Opportunities and Challenges for the Transformation of Governance in the Information Age”. Paper presented to the 2nd Annual Conference of the International Forum for Contemporary Chinese Studies (IFCCS): Beyond Revolution and Reforms: The People’s Republic Looks Forward at 60 at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom on 7-9 September 2009.

“Development of Healthcare Policy in China: Using the Lens of Historical Institutionalism”. Paper presented to Sixth Annual Graduate Seminar on China at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on January 6-9 2010.

Publications

Luk, S., Lam, K., Chan, F. and Cheng C. (2005) “Small Class Teaching in Hong Kong” (Leung Kwok On Outstanding GEU 0411 Project Prize Essay) in United Bulletin 2004-2005. United College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Wong, W. and Luk, S. “Economic Policy” (2007), in Lam W., Lui, P., Wong, W. and Holliday, I. (eds.), Contemporary Hong Kong Politics: Governance in the Post-1997 Era. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, pp.181-204.

Luk, S. (2009) “The Impact of Leadership and Stakeholders on the Success or Failure of E-government Service: E-Stamping Service in Hong Kong”. Government Information Quarterly 26 (4), pp.594-604.

Luk, S. (forthcoming) “How to Guard the Guardians?” Questions of Ethics in Public Sector Management. The Case Study of Hong Kong. Public Personnel Management.

Contact

Email: CXL805@bham.ac.uk

 

This is some default text for the related content right-hand side column. Replace/Delete the text and/or drag and drop related content features into this are. Three features are automatically inserted (site tools, related page, related news) but can be de-activated by using the metadata for the page.