The influence of SAR government performance on people's trust toward Central government: Implications for Hong Kong and Macau civic education

Hin Wah CHEUNG, Man Yum Larry SO, Chi U. Francis CHOI, Chin Fung Philip CHOW

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the influence of Special Administrative Region (SAR) performance on the "trust" of Hong Kong and Macau people, who "live" under similar context of "one country, two systems," toward Beijing Central Government. The different perceptions, relating to the abovementioned issue, of the young peoples' are also investigated. Implication for civic education in these two societies will be brought to light.
Design/methodology/approach: This study adopts secondary data analysis on the captioned topic. To further illustrate the said issue, this study reviews and analyzes data from protest campaigns in both societies.
Findings: This paper finds that the performance of Hong Kong and Macau SAR Governments has different impacts on the peoples' "trust" toward Central Government. It may attribute to the different perceptions about the role of Central Government and levels of democratization in these societies. Civic education emphasizing the "core spirit" of "One country, two systems," roles of SAR and Central Governments could enable young people better comprehend their relationship with Mainland China and their role as SAR–Chinese citizens.
Originality/value: This paper is an exploratory study for providing implications for further research on this topic. Copyright © 2018 Emerald Publishing Limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-58
JournalAsian Education and Development Studies
Volume8
Issue number1
Early online dateDec 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Cheung, H. W. C., So, M. Y. L., Choi, C. U. F., & Chow, C. F. P. (2019). The influence of SAR government performance on people's trust toward Central government: Implications for Hong Kong and Macau civic education. Asian Education and Development Studies, 8(1), 47-58. doi: 10.1108/AEDS-04-2017-0039

Keywords

  • Civic education
  • Political trust