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Interest Groups and the New Democracy Movement in Hong Kong

Edited By

Sonny Shiu-Hing Lo

ISBN 9780367272944
Published March 21, 2019 by Routledge
280 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A new era in the democracy movement in Hong Kong began on July 1, 2003, when half a million people protested on the streets, and has included the 2012 anti-National Education campaign, the 2014 Occupy Central Movement and the rapid rise of localist groups. The new democracy movement in Hong Kong is characterized by a diversity of interest groups calling for political reform, policy change and the territory’s autonomy vis-à-vis the central government in Beijing. These groups include lawyers, teachers, students, nativists, workers, Catholics, human rights activists, environmental activists and intellectuals.

This book marks a new attempt at understanding the activities of the various interest groups in their quest for democratic participation, governmental responsiveness and openness. They are utilizing new and unconventional modes of political participation, such as the Occupy Central Movement, cross-class mobilization, the use of technology and cyberspace, and human rights activities with cross-boundary implications for China’s political development.

The book will be useful to students, researchers, officials, diplomats and journalists interested in the political change of Hong Kong and the implications for mainland China.

Table of Contents



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Chapter 1: Interest groups, intellectuals and new democracy movement in Hong Kong (Sonny Shiu-Hing LO)

Chapter 2: Interests groups and democracy movement in Hong Kong: A historical perspective (Steven Chung-fun HUNG)

Chapter 3: Lawyers as an interest group in Hong Kong’s democracy movement (Karen Man Yee LEE)

Chapter 4: Journalists as interest groups: implications for democracy movement (Kenneth Wai-kin MING)

Chapter 5: Professional teachers’ union as interest group fighting for democracy (Steven Chung-fun HUNG)

Chapter 6: Workers as interest groups: Are they fragmented and powerless? (Jeff Hai-chi LOO)

Chapter 7: Why Hong Kong’s business interest groups are Anti-democratic? (Minxing ZHAO)

Chapter 8: The Hong Kong catholic church: Endeavour in promoting democracy (Beatrice LEUNG)

Chapter 9: The emergence of nativist groups and political change (Stephan ORTMANN)

Chapter 10: Student and youth activism: The new youth groups in anti-national education policy and occupy central movement (Eric King-Man CHONG)

Chapter 11: Environmental governance and the rise of environmental movement in Hong Kong (Dennis Lai Hang HUI)

Chapter 12: Political interest group and democratization: The Hong Kong alliance in support of patriotic democratic movements of China (Sonny Shiu-Hing LO)

Conclusion: New democracy movement, interest groups politics and implications for China (Sonny Shiu-Hing LO)



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Sonny Shiu-Hing Lo is Professor and Deputy Director in the School of Professional and Continuing Education at the University of Hong Kong.


Interest Groups and the New Democracy Movement in Hong Kong, a highly original volume edited by Sonny Shiu-Hing Lo of Hong Kong University, constitutes a compelling contribution to this literature [on Hong Kong after the Umbrella Movement]. The book is comprised of a series of case study chapters, each focusing on a distinctive form of pressure group activity and social mobilization.’ - Luke Cooper, Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom