Title

Democratizing Hong Kong : functional representation and politics of institutional change

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Pacific Affairs

Publication Date

12-1-2011

Volume

84

Issue

4

First Page

643

Last Page

664

Keywords

Democratization, Functional Representation, Hong Kong, Institutional Reform, One country, two systems

Abstract

The system of functional representation constitutes the greatest challenge to political reform in Hong Kong. Utilizing recent developments in institutional and ideational theories in political science, this article explores how both power and ideas shape the politics of reforming functional representation. The impasse generated by the current balance of power has given rise to a plethora of ideas that seek to reform the system while preserving its place in the political process. However, recent direct negotiations between Beijing and moderate democrats in Hong Kong have triggered a significant political realignment. This shift in the political balance of power has generated new scenarios for the reform of functional representation.

DOI

10.5509/2011844643

Print ISSN

0030851X

E-ISSN

17153379

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Recommended Citation

Zhang, B. (2011). Democratizing Hong Kong: Functional representation and politics of institutional change. Pacific Affairs, 84(4), 643-664. doi: 10.5509/2011844643