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

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Abstract

The Democratic Party (DP) has been the flagship party for pan-democracy voices in Hong Kong since 1994. With an ideology of opposing Beijing authoritarian measures and fighting for further democratic developments in Hong Kong, the DP gains wider public support and achieves the status of being the largest opposing political party in Hong Kong. However, the party has suffered from intra-party conflicts seriously and this competitive factionalism is not correspondingly addressed. This paper will explore: (i) the evolution of intra-elite conflict within the DP since its establishment; (ii) the key factors leading to such confrontation among the political elites; and (iii) the profound implications of the conflicts for Hong Kong’s political development, especially how the intra-party confrontation in the DP influence the political democratization processes in Hong Kong. Copyright © 2018 HKPSA Annual Conference.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018

Citation

Hung, S. (2018, November). Is party factionalism harmful or beneficial to party development: The case of Hong Kong Democratic Party. Paper presented at Hong Kong Political Science Association Annual Conference 2018, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.

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