MA Ngok 馬嶽

Research Projects


  • ‘CUHK’ Hong Kong Quality of Life Index – Socio-Cultural Sub-Index
  • SHEK Tan Lei Daniel, LEE Paul Siu Nam (School of Journalism and Communication), MAK Wing Sze Winnie (Psychology), TING Kwok Fai (Sociology), MA Ngok (Government & Public Administration)
    1 May 2008
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    The CUHK Hong Kong Quality of Life Index, which aims to assess and monitor the quality of life in Hong Kong, is a composite index incorporating both objective and subjective measure. This index, developed by the Faculty of Social Science of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, employs data collected in representative sample survey and official statistics. A wide range of life domains is covered and the year 2002 is taken as the base year of study. Index scores over the last four years demonstrate that in general the quality of life in Hong Kong has improved continuously since 2003. Generally, scores of the composite index and the three sub-indices on sectorial performance are somewhat higher than those of the previous years. It is noteworthy that Hong Kong has made noticeable progress and performs as well as many economically advanced societies in certain life domains. Yet, the well-begin of the people relies on further improvement in others.
    As part of the CUHK Hong Kong Quality of Life Index, The socio-cultural sub-index consists of indicators relating to different disciplines of study. For example, mortality rate and notification rate of notifiable infectious disease measure the aspect of physical health. Stress index and general life satisfaction measure psychological well-being of Hong Kong people. Press freedom and press criticism indices reflect the cultural and media aspects of Hong Kong society. As for government performance index and overall crime rate, they reveal the political and judicial aspects in Hong Kong. (SS07863)


  • Party Formation in a Post-Industrial Society : Obstacles to Party Development in Hong Kong
  • MA Ngok
    1 January 2007
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    This is a preliminary research that studies the relationship between post-materialist values and party development in Hong Kong. It hypothesizes that post-materialist values and the post-industrial nature of Hong Kong blurs the class cleavage in Hong Kong, turns public attention to post-materialist issues, and leads to a lower trust on formal political institutions, which poses constraints on party development and mobilization. The research will include literature review on how post-materialism and post-industrialism affects party development in the West. It will also collect and compare survey data on Hong Kong and the West, concerning post-materialist value indicators. It will interview leaders and activists of major political parties in Hong Kong, to understand the difficulties in party development. (SS06363)



Research Publications


  • "After 1997: The Dialectics of Hong Kong Dependence" (co-authored with HOLLIDAY Ian and YEP Ray). Journal of Contemporary Asia vol.34 no.2, 2004. pp.254-270.



  • "Asian Barometer—Hong Kong Report 2007" (co-authored with CHAN Kin Man). Paper presented in the Asian Barometer Conference 2008. 2008.06.19.



  • "Changing Political Cleavages in Post-1997 Hong Kong: A Study of the Changes through the Electoral Arena," in Ming Chan and Alvin So eds. ed. by Crisis and Transformation in China's Hong Kong. New York, USA: M.E. Sharpe, 2002. p. 111-138



  • "Civil Society and Democratization in Hong Kong: Paradox and Duality". Paper presented in the Annual Conference of International Studies Association. 2008.03.27.



  • "Democracy Movement at the Crossroads: Protracted Democratization and De-mobilization in Hong Kong," in Frank Columbus ed. by Asian Economic and Political Issues. Hauppauge, New York, USA: Nova Science, 2003. p. 19-33



  • "Democratic Development in Hong Kong: A Decade of Lost Opportunities". The Hong Kong Special Admnistrative Region in Its First Decade ed. by Joseph Cheng. Hong Kong: City University Press, 2007. pp.49-74.



  • "Executive-Legislative Relations: Assessing Legislative Influence in an Executive-Dominant System," in Lau Siu-kai ed.. ed. by The First Tung Chee-hwa Administration: The First Five Years of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2002. p. 349-374



  • "Factionalism in the Democratic Party and the 2000 Election," in Kuan Hsin-chi, Lau Siu-kai and Timothy K.Y. Wong eds. by Out of the Shadow of 1997 The 2000 Legislative Council Elections in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2002. p.125-159



  • "Money, Power and Ideas: Think Tank Development and State Business Relations in Taiwan and Hong Kong" (co-authored with YEP Ray). Policy and Politics vol.34 no.3, 2006.07. pp.535-555.



  • "Party Competition Pattern: A Comparison of the 1995 and 1998 Campaigns" (co-authored with CHOY Chi Keung Ivan). In Kuan Hsin-chi et al.eds.ed. by Power Transfer and Electoral Politics: The First SAR Legislative Elections in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 1999. p. 71-104.



  • "Pluralization amidst Polarization: the Hong Kong 2004 Legislative Council Election," in Johannes Chan and Lison Harris eds. ed. by Hong Kong's Constitutional Debates. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Law Journal Limited, 2005. p.135-142



  • Political Development in the HKSAR: State, Political Society and Civil Society in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: The Hong Kong University Press, 2007.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies DS796.H757 M245 2007; ARL Reserve 4 hours DS796.H757 M245 2007 c.2; CC Reserve 1 day DS796.H757 M245 2007 c.3)



  • "SARS and the Limits of the Hong Kong SAR Administrative State". Asian Perspective vol.28 no.1, 2004. pp.99-120.



  • "Strategic Coordination under Proportional Representation: A Study at the Candidate Level," in Kuan Hsin-chi and Timothy Wong eds.. ed. by The 2004 Legislative Council Elections in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2006. p.115-143



  • 《二零零零年立法會選舉中的策略投票 : 一項實證硏究》,香港:香港中文大學香港亞太硏究所,2002。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL H62.5.H6 H62 no.131 c.2; UL HK Studies H62.5.H6 H62 no.131)



  • 〈回歸後三年:政治悶局仍待打破〉,載於《香港2000社會趨勢與政策分析》,何安達及許冬華編,網上頻道有限公司,2000,頁76-85。



  • 〈香港是否條件成熟發展民主?〉,《民主十問》,香港民主發展網絡編,香港:匯智出版社,2005,頁57-71。



  • 《選舉制度的政治效果 : 港式比例代表制的經驗》(與蔡子強合編),香港:香港城市大學出版社,2003。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Reserve 2 hours JQ1539.5.A95 M325 2003; UL HK Studies JQ1539.5.A95 M325 2003 c.2)



  • 《選舉初體驗》,香港:麥穗,2005。
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies JQ1539.5.A9561 2004 X53 2005)


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