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Political Parties

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622098107.003.0006
Political Parties

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Along with the weakening of Hong Kong's legislature after 1997, the development of political parties underwent retrogression. Although political parties played an integral role in the country's polity between 1991 and 1997, several factors contributed to its hindrance. Hong Kong's political parties became one of the population's negligible parts by 2004, and these were generally attributed with weak mobilization power and resources. Also, public opinion polls revealed that political parties experienced low legitimacy. In Hong Kong, political parties were generally left with the responsibility of checking the government as opposition parties. This chapter reviews the country's party formation since the 1980s. Societal and institutional factors that may have initiated weak party institutionalization are then studied.

Keywords: party institutionalization; low legitimacy; opposition parties; political parties; retrogression

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