As a student of public policy, my research interest is to examine the political consequences of executive and legislative politics, media, public opinions, and social movements. In terms of methods, I tend to approach my research questions with quantitative methods such as time-series analysis, quantitative content analysis, event history analysis as well as experimental research design.
My thesis is about the study of the dynamics of political attention, which has been blossomed in recent years. However, much of the research emphasis is on western democratic systems. A recent study by Lam and Chan (2015) revealed how Hong Kong, as an authoritarian regime, intensified the punctuated equilibrium by analyzing the political attentions since the WWII. Building on this, my research question is to ask whether and how the gradual democratization and sovereignty transition altered the pattern of policy prioritization in legislature in Hong Kong, by looking at legislative bills, questions, media coverage and social contentions. The interaction and relationship between each of these policy venues will enhance our understanding of the distinctions and similarities between democratic and authoritarian regimes, from the policy agendas perspective.
||Or, Nick H. K. and Aranda Ana. C., (2017). The Dynamic Role of State and Non-state Actors: Governance after Global Financial Crisis, Policy Studies Journal, 45(S1): 67-81.|
||In this article, we review the dynamic role of state and nonstate actors in governance. We first discuss the main arguments for and against the state being the main actor in governance in recent literature. Then, we review some of the literature about the changing role of state and nonstate actors in response to the 2007–08 global financial crisis from 2011 to 2015. The two themes under examination are, first, more control over financial markets and second, austerity measures. They illustrate different trajectories of governance that go beyond the now well-established New Public Management paradigm of public sector reforms. Our review shows that no single actor provides the best mode of governance for all circumstances. Instead, governance is hybrid and dynamic. The mode of governance is dependent on the circumstances under which an actor is more capable of interacting with other actors to provide public services.|
||Or, Nick H. K. and Lau, Calvin H. M. (2014). The Rise of Transgressive Contention by Young Activists: Recent Cases in Hong Kong, Journal of Youth Studies, 17(1): 57-77.|
||This article looks at the causes of the prevalent transgressive contentions initiated by young activists in recent years in Hong Kong. Three cases are examined and compared: the rise of the League of Social Democrats and People Power, Local Actions, and Scholarism. By studying the macro, meso, and micro aspects of the cases, we argue that the rise of youth transgressive contention is not just a consequence of adverse sentiments and broader socioeconomic conditions ----- worsening social mobility and economic prospects, higher levels of education, emergence of critical citizens, HK-China integration, and distrust towards the HKSAR government. In addition, the organizational strength and networking among societal actors, the recruitment and nurturing process of these organizations, and their framing strategy are determinants of the outburst of youth activism in Hong Kong.|
Comparative Public Policy PRIMARY
Policy Process Theory SECONDARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation PRIMARY
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