1st Edition

Hong Kong from Britain to China Political Cleavages, Electoral Dynamics and Institutional Changes

By Li Pang-Kwong Copyright 2000

    This title was first published in 2000:  The Sino-British joint declaration in 1985 had called to the end of British rule in Hong Kong, but the impacts of the agreed introduction of popular election during the transitional period have still not fully emerged. Being granted Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong by China after 1997, Hong Kong people are suddenly exposed to the kind of politics that they were not engaged in before. The transitional politics is further complicated by the fact that the majority of Hong Kong voters supported the democrats, whose political value and orientation differed from that of the Beijing government. In order to comprehend the collective behaviour of the Hong Kong voters, the author first traces the development of the Hong Kong state and put his readers into context of Hong Kong electoral politics. By adopting the cleavage approach in explaining the voters’ choice and the election results since the 1990, the author examines whether the existing institutional arrangements as established by the Basic law is capable of solving the political and electoral conflicts of the days.

    Contents: Introduction; Historical setting: the state and the society; The rise of the centre-periphery cleavage; State expansion and consumption cleavage; Development and alignment of political forces; The embryonic electoral market in the 1990s; Institutional design and conflict management; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.


    Pang-Kwong, Li

    ’...a book whose value transcends the normal range of electoral studies and it deserves to be read by all those concerned about the nature and evolution of politics in Hong Kong.’ Professor Michael Yahuda, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK ’...[has] something far more to offer than the mere analysis or interpretation of survey’s/polling results...’ Journal of Contemporary China