Changing Political Activism: Before and After the Umbrella Movement

  • Wai-Man LamEmail author
Part of the Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy book series (PEPP)


This article analyses the evolving features of political activism in Hong Kong using qualitative and quantitative data. It argues that the changing political activism in Hong Kong is characterised by youth activism, radicalism and localism. The article traces the changes in the political identity, political attitudes and political participation of the general Hong Kong people and young people, both before and after the Umbrella Movement in the fall of 2014, and in the light of the theories of political culture and identity politics. Lastly, the article sheds light on the future development of political activism and its implications for the civil society in Hong Kong.



The author would like to thank the Path of Democracy, and the Asian Barometer Hong Kong team for sharing the survey data. The Asian Barometer (2012) was funded by the GRF 2012–2013 (HKU746812H) under the project “Political Values, Economic Evaluation and Regime Performance in Hong Kong.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Politics and Public AdministrationThe University of Hong KongHong KongChina

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