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    Research Associate Professor
MAIA Programme Director
BA(CityU); MPhil(HKUST); MA(Stanford); PhD(UChicago)
  Office: Rm. 210, Dorothy Y L Wong Building
Lingnan University
Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
  TEL: (852) 2616 7199
  FAX: (852) 2465 1429
    e-Mail: [email protected]
  Wai-keung Tam is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Government and International Affairs at Lingnan University. He specializes in comparative politics, law and society, public policy, and the political economy of development. He is the author of Legal Mobilization under Authoritarianism: The Case of Post-Colonial Hong Kong (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013). His book received Honorable Mention from the Committee for the Distinguished Book Award for 2014 of the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association. Wai-keung has also authored articles in journals such as The China Quarterly, Law & Social Inquiry, Crime, Law and Social Change, and Journal of Contemporary Asia.

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Legal Mobilization under Authoritarianism: The Case of Post-Colonial Hong Kong, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Articles in Refereed Journals

"Does the Age of Legislators Matter to their Representational Behavior? Evidence from Hong Kong." Japanese Journal of Political Science, Volume 23, No.3 (September 2022, forthcoming). FirstView:

"Deliberation about the 2014 Umbrella Movement in a Hong Kong Elite Newspaper: A Quantitative Study of the Hong Kong Economic Journal." Asian Journal of Comparative Politics, Volume 6, No.2 (June 2021), pp. 127-142.

"Women's Political Representation in a Hybrid and Patriarchal Regime: Evidence from Singapore." Parliamentary Affairs, Volume 73, No.4 (October 2020), pp. 759-789.

"Political Representation of Racial Minorities in the Parliament of Singapore." Japanese Journal of Political Science, Volume 20, No.4 (December 2019), pp. 225-239.

"Political Participation by Political Bloggers in Hong Kong: A Case Study of the 2014 Umbrella Movement." Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, Volume 47, No. 1 (2018), pp. 143-166.

"Women Representing Women? Evidence from Hong Kong's Semi-Democratic Legislature." Representation: Journal of Representative Democracy, Volume 53, No.3-4 (2017), pp. 201-218.

"Citizens v. Government: Litigation Outcomes before the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal." The China Review, Volume 17, No.3 (October 2017), pp. 167-180.

"Do Female Legislators Have Different Policy Priorities than Their Male Colleagues in an Undemocratic/Semi-democratic Legislature? The Case of Hong Kong." Journal of Legislative Studies, Volume 23, Issue 1 (March 2017), pp. 44-70.

"Health Care Reform and Patients' Trust in Physicians in Urban Beijing." The China Quarterly (September 2012).

"Organizational Corruption by Public Hospitals in China." Crime, Law and Social Change Vol.56, No.3 (October 2011), pp. 265-282.

"China's Debate on Health Care Reform, 2005-2009." Journal of Contemporary Asia Vol.41, No.2 (May 2011), pp. 315-323.

"Political Transition and the Rise of Cause Lawyering: The Case of Hong Kong." Law & Social Inquiry Vol.35, No. 3 (Summer 2010), pp. 663-687.

"Privatising Health Care in China: Problems and Reforms." Journal of Contemporary Asia Vol.40, No.1 (February 2010), pp. 64-82.

"Failing to Treat: Why Public Hospitals in China Do Not Work?" The China Review Vol.8, No.2 (Fall 2008), pp. 103-130.

"Food Safety and the Development of Regulatory Institutions in China," Asian Perspective Vol.29, No.4, Winter 2005, pp. 5-36 (with Dali Yang).

"E-health in the East Asian tigers," International Journal of Medical Informatics 73 (2004), pp. 759-769 (with Ian Holliday).

"A Critical Analysis of Hong Kong's 2000 Legislative Council Election: Context and Implications," American Asian Review Vol.XIX, No.4 Winter 2001, pp. 201-237.

"Social Capital in Hong Kong," East Asia: An International Quarterly Vol. 19 Issue 1/2, Spring/Summer 2001, pp. 144-170 (with Ian Holliday).

"Fragmentation in the Hong Kong Health Care System: Myth and Reality," The Asian Journal of Public Administration Vol.22 No.2 December 2000, pp. 161-181 (with Ian Holliday).

Book Chapter

"Legal Mobilization." In Tai-Lok Lui, Stephen Wing-Kai Chiu, and Ray Yep (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Hong Kong (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2018).

"Home-ownership in East and South East Asia: Market, State and Institutions," in Ray Forrest and James Lee (eds.), Housing and Social Change: East-West Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2003), pp. 20-45 (with James Lee and Ray Forrest).

Teaching Subjects | Top


Academic Year:  2023-2024

1st Term:
  CLC9006 Law and Governance
  GOV4003 Comparative Judicial Politics
2nd Term:
  CLC9014 Hong Kong Civil Service