Popular Response to Reform

  • Shiu-hing Lo


According to O’Donnell and Schmitter, a democratic ‘opening’ acts as a catalyst for the emergence of social groups spearheaded by intellectuals, who ‘press for more explicit democratisation or even revolution’.1 Moreover, ‘privileged groups’ including industrialists, merchants, bankers and land-owners start to ‘act like a de facto opposition’, although they are concerned that the democratic transition ‘will not stop at a point compatible with the contractual freedoms of the market or the cozy relationship they enjoy with the state apparatus’.2 On the one hand, intellectuals constitute the first social group to advocate further democratisation. On the other hand, to borrow Sundhaussen’s term, the ‘trading and manufacturing middle class’ supports some degree of democratic reform.


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  1. 6.
    Quoted in Zhang Youyu, ‘The Reasons for and Basic Principles in Formulating the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Basic Law, and its Essential Content and Mode of Expression’, prepared by the Secretariat of the Basic Law Consultative Committee, reference no. 7 (August 1988), p. 7. Also see Deng Xiaoping, Fundamental Issues in Present-day China (Beijing: Pergamon Press, 1988), p. 52.Google Scholar
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    Ophelia Cheung-Macpherson, a former District Officer of the Hong Kong government, interviewed by Gerd Balke in Balke, Hong Kong Voices (Hong Kong: Longman, 1989), p. 165.Google Scholar
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    SCMP, August 30, 1989, p. 7. Also see The New Hong Kong Alliance, A Discussion of ‘One Legislature, Two Chambers’ (in Chinese) (Hong Kong: no publisher, 1989), pp. 2–3.Google Scholar
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    Cheung Kit-fung et al., Fifty Years Unchanged? (in Chinese) (Hong Kong: Tide, August 1991), p. 179.Google Scholar
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    See San Mui (New Seedling Society), Resolutely Maintain the Demands of the Democratic Camp: Discuss the Basic Law and Political Reform (in Chinese) (Hong Kong: no publisher, 1989), p. 2.Google Scholar

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© Lo Shiu-hing 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shiu-hing Lo
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  1. 1.University of Hong KongChina

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