Is party factionalism harmful or beneficial to party development: The case of Hong Kong Democratic Party

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to assess the intra-party conflicts in Hong Kong's Democratic Party (DP) and their implications for broader democratic processes in the territory. It also examines some other thematic issues including: the party's policy decision-making process, candidate selection, party membership and mergers, and their overall relevance for democratisation in Hong Kong.

Design/methodology/approach: The study gives a historical review of intra-party conflicts. The concept of factionalism is applied to better understand the DP in Hong Kong's political space.

Findings: Hong Kong is unique and popular models of party conflicts are hardly applicable to the country. Intra-party conflict is an obvious, expected conflict because of differences in formation, leadership, manifestoes and ideologies. The present author tries to examine the case with a view to making a novel contribution.

Originality/value: The study of political factionalism is not uncommon in Hong Kong but this paper intends to study intra-party elite conflicts and self-democratisation of the Hong Kong DP as a case study which is seldom addressed. Consolidation is a possible scenario and its presence is evident when political elites increasingly demonstrate commitment towards creating a democratic regime and when they hold strong beliefs in democratic procedures and institutions as crucial to governing public life. Copyright © 2019 Emerald Publishing Limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-104
JournalAsian Education and Development Studies
Issue number1
Early online dateNov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2020



Hung, C. F. S. (2020). Is party factionalism harmful or beneficial to party development: The case of Hong Kong Democratic Party. Asian Education and Development Studies, 9(1), 91-104. doi: 10.1108/AEDS-08-2018-0140


  • Localism
  • Party factionalism
  • Realignment
  • Self-democratisation