Political radicalization and fragmentation of the democratic blocs and the Legislative Council elections in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

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Abstract

Purpose: After direct elections were instituted in Hong Kong and the sovereignty was transferred from Britain to China, politicization inevitably followed democratization. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the pro-democratic political parties’ politics in Hong Kong in recent history.
Design/methodology/approach: The research was conducted through a historical comparative analysis, within the context of Hong Kong after the sovereignty handover and the interim period of crucial democratization.
Findings: With the implementation of “One country, Two systems,” political democratization was hindered in Hong Kong’s transformation. The democratic forces have no alternative but to seek more radicalized politics, which has caused a decisive and ineluctable fragmentation of the local political parties.
Originality/value: This paper explores and evaluates the political history of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region under “One country, Two systems” and the ways in which the limited democratization hinders the progress of Hong Kong’s transformation. Copyright © 2017 Emerald Publishing Limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-384
JournalAsian Education and Development Studies
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Citation

Hung, C. F. S. (2017). Political radicalization and fragmentation of the democratic blocs and the Legislative Council elections in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Asian Education and Development Studies, 6(4), 372-384. doi: 10.1108/AEDS-02-2017-0018

Keywords

  • Democratization
  • Election politics
  • Historical comparative
  • Ruling

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