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Positive Non-Interventionism: Colonial Governance in Hong Kong, 1960-1984

Wednesday 4 July 2012, 9.00AM

On 4 July 2012, the Department of History hosts “Positive non-interventionism”: colonial governance in Hong Kong, 1960-1984, a workshop bringing together scholars from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, and the UK to explore how in a rapidly industrialising colonial city-state public policies responded to endemic poverty, severe social tensions, and persistent corruption and criminality.

Please contact David Clayton,, if you would like to attend.

Time Event
9.00 - 9.30am


9.30 - 9.45am

Opening remarks (David Clayton, University of York)

9.45 - 10.20am

Adjunct Professor Leo Goodstadt (University of Hong Kong, and Trinity College Dublin)

Unwelcome Welfare: How Hong Kong policy-makers resisted pressures for a modern system of social services, 1960-84

10-20 – 10.55am

Professor Lui Tai-Lok [with Stephen Chiu] (University of Hong Kong)

New Town Development Under Positive Non-interventionism

10.55 - 11.30am

Professor Stephen Chiu and Kent Lee (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Crime "Boom" in 1970s Hong Kong: Unintended Consequences of the Reconfiguration of Colonial Governance?

11.30 – 11.50am


11.50am – 12.25pm

Professor Carol Jones (University of Birmingham)

The Rule of Law? Detention Without Trial in Hong Kong 1949-1971

12.25 – 1.00pm

Dr. Chi-kwan Mark (Royal Holloway, London)

Development without Decolonization? Hong Kong’s Future and Relations with Britain and China, 1963-1972

1.00 - 1.45pm


1.45 - 2.20pm

Emeritus Professor Ian Scott (Murdoch University/City University, Hong Kong)

Revisiting the Gap: Hong Kong Senior Civil Servants and the 1966 Riots

2.20 - 2.55pm

Professor Alan Smart [with Josephine Smart] (University of Calgary)

Formalizing Hong Kong: Explaining Governmental Efforts to Eradicate and Control Urban Informality

2.55 - 3.30pm

Dr Pui-Tak Lee (University of Hong Kong)

The Banking Crisis of 1965

3.30 - 3.45pm


3.45 - 4.20pm

Associate Professor Mark Hampton (Lingnan University, Hong Kong)

Hong Kong as a Site for “Unbridled Capitalism"

4.20 - 4.35pm

Concluding Remarks: Dr. David Clayton (University of York)

The Limitations of Colonial and Imperial Statecraft: The Hong Kong Case

4.35 – 5.00pm

Roundtable (David Clayton and Pui-Tak Lee in the Chair)

5.15pm Taxis back to hotels
6.45pm Meet outside your hotel for a short walk to the restaurant
7.00/7.15pm Workshop Dinner: restaurant 1331, 13 Grape Lane, York (Tel: 01904 661 1130)

Non presenting attendees: Jon Howlett, University of Newcastle, UK; Gavin Ure, Adjunct Associate Professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


Location: Treehouse, Humanities Research Centre, Berrick Saul Building

Admission: Contact David Clayton