The Post-Colonial State

Ma Nagok

in Political Development in Hong Kong

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9789622098107
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207271 | DOI:
The Post-Colonial State

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As revealed by the developments in Hong Kong after 1997, an autocratic state is not necessarily strong, since the post-colonial era rendered the institutional logic of the Basic Law's executive dominance useless. The executive-dominant system stipulated by the Basic Law provides the chief executive (CE) and the executive branch with powers for policy making. The absence of a governing party, the governing elite's low cohesion, and the fragmented state institutional powers weakened the state's capacity and brought about the fragmentation of political power. This chapter adopts an institutional perspective in examining the fragmentation as conflicts were revealed to have appeared because of the executive branch's incongruities and the lack of a political party.

Keywords: Basic Law; political party; CE; executive branch; policy making; fragmentation; institutional perspective

Chapter.  15470 words. 

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