Title

Political paralysis of the Basic Law regime and the politics of institutional reform in Hong Kong

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Asian Survey

Publication Date

3-1-2009

Volume

49

Issue

2

First Page

312

Last Page

332

Keywords

Basic Law, Constitutional design, Governance capacity, Hong Kong, Institutional reform

Abstract

The present constitutional system of Hong Kong is supposedly executive-led. In reality, it is a system of "disabled governance." This article uses recent institutional theories to reveal the weaknesses of the Basic Law regime. It contends that if Hong Kong democratizes under the Basic Law institutional framework, it will not be able to promote good and effective governance.

DOI

10.1525/as.2009.49.2.312

Print ISSN

00044687

E-ISSN

1533838X

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Recommended Citation

Zhang, B. (2009). Political paralysis of the Basic Law regime and the politics of institutional reform in Hong Kong. Asian Survey, 49(2), 312-332. doi: 10.1525/as.2009.49.2.312