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Birds in a Cage: Political Institutions and Civil Society in Hong Kong

  • Stan Hok-Wui Wong

Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of Hong Kong’s political system and the development of the city’s civil society. How did Hong Kong become China’s democratic enclave? Why would the notoriously draconian Chinese authoritarian state permit the city to keep a relatively liberal political and media environment? How did the Chinese authoritarian state design the political institutions of Hong Kong in order to defend its political interests? These questions are addressed based on an analysis of the formal political institutions of postcolonial Hong Kong and the city’s political developments in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Chief Executive Civil Liberty Chinese Communist Party Plurality Rule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stan Hok-Wui Wong
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  1. 1.Department of Government and Public AdministrationChinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong SAR

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