LAU Siu Kai 劉兆佳

Research Projects


  • Learning, Electoral Behaviour, and Democratization in Hong Kong
  • KUAN Hsin Chi, LAU Siu Kai (Dept of Sociology)
    1 July 2000
    Research Grants Council (Earmarked Grants)

    Unlike the study of electoral behaviour in consolidated democracies, a similar study in Hong Kong must start from the recognition that election is a young phenomenon. Thus, everybody has to learn afresh. Also, one should not take the development of election as a respected institution for granted. Rather, it depends on the results of collective learning. Successful institutionalization of election is important for the stability and performance of any new democracy. The researchers therefore propose to study the election in 2000 with an emphasis on political learning and its implications for the political future of Hong Kong. (CU00359)


  • Social and Political Change in a Period of Reform and Readjustment: Indicators of Social Development in Hong Kong 2001
  • LAU Siu Kai, WAN Shirley Po San (Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies), LEE Ming Kwan*, WONG Siu Lun*
    31 December 2000
    Research Grants Council (Earmarked Grants)

    This project is part of a long-term research programme that focuses on the measurement and study of social development in Hong Kong. Its prime purpose is to build up a set of longitudinal data on the subjective and objective dimensions of social conditions and social change in Hong Kong. The project will focus on social issues and political problems engendered by Hong Kong's sudden economic downturn, its long and painful road to economic recovery and the HKSAR government's multifarious reform initatives. It consists of two components:
    (1) A Hong Kong-wide household survey focusing on the social, economic, political and cultural changes among Hong Kong people in a period of economic readjustment and institutional reform. Findings from this survey should yield a valuable record of the state of mind of our community in economic hard times and socio-political turbulence and draw the attention of policy-makers to issues and problems that merit their attention.
    (2) A computerized social data bank compiling statistics on all major areas of objective social activities generated by the government and other public organizations. It should enable us to explore and analyze the relationship between the subjective and objective aspects of our social development, and to formulate appropriate and more rigorous social indexes for the purpose of measurement and comparison. (CU00331)



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