Civil liberties remain largely intact in postcolonial Hong Kong. Opposition media continue to exist, while Hong Kong people have unbridled access to alternative information through old and new media. The degree of media freedom that Hong Kong people enjoy might seem like a nightmare to many dictators since it allows antigovernment information to propagate and restive citizens to coordinate. Indeed, Hong Kong society has been experiencing incessant waves of social movement which have been aimed at challenging the political status quo since 1997. Paradoxically, pro-establishment parties, namely, those supporting the status quo, have been receiving ever-increasing public support in popular elections. An explanation to this puzzle is outlined in this chapter, and the motivation, methodology, and plan of the book are also discussed.
KeywordsVote Share Authoritarian Regime Opposition Parti District Council Opposition Party
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