Title

Business-government nexus : the special case of Hong Kong

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Asian Education and Development Studies

Publication Date

2016

Volume

5

Issue

4

First Page

454

Last Page

467

Publisher

Emerald Publishing Limited

Keywords

Development, British administration, Business-government nexus, HKSAR government, Legitimacy deficit, United Front

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the business-government nexus in Hong Kong as a special case, thereby contributing to a comparative examination of various significant variables affecting the study of political and economic developments in East Asia.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper considers the privileged position afforded to the major business groups in Hong Kong’s political system as part of the pro-Beijing United Front. It adopts a historical perspective, relying on existing literature including media reports. As the author is both an academic and a long-term pro-democracy activist, his actual experiences and extensive interviews with various important participants in Hong Kong’s business and political communities offer valuable perspectives.

Findings

In the past, the business-government nexus was perceived to be a positive factor that contributed to the territory’s economic growth. In the past decade or so, though, increasing dissatisfaction with the Hong Kong government’s performance and the widening gap between the rich and the poor have led to the emergence of a legitimacy deficit on the part of the government, resulting in rising demands for democracy which have not been met. Divisions on these issues within the local business community have posed a severe challenge to the continuation of the business-government nexus.

Originality/value

The author’s actual experiences and his interviews with other participants in Hong Kong’s politics provide observations of significant value. The Occupy Central campaign, which took off in the territory in 2014, demands serious consideration in terms of its political development and a key element for consideration is the response of the business-government nexus to it.

DOI

10.1108/AEDS-09-2015-0049

Print ISSN

20463162

E-ISSN

20463170

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Recommended Citation

Cheng, J. The (2016). Business-government nexus: The special case of Hong Kong. Asian Education and Development Studies, 5(4), 454-467. doi: 10.1108/AEDS-09-2015-0049