Encroachments on Civil Society

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:
Encroachments on Civil Society

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The non-democratic governments are bound to do something about the increased likelihood of changing an authoritarian regime through how a strong and autonomous civil society can check an authoritarian state's arbitrary power. Autocrats commonly restrict civil liberties, disallow public discussions, and harness the freedom of media. As such, the SAR state would come up with certain measures to limit the civil society's activities and growth. Hong Kong, however, entails certain characteristics in which it differs in this context. While the Basic Law guarantees a set of civil liberties, press freedom, economic freedom, and freedom of information are also perceived as vital advantages to Hong Kong. As the Basic Law does not ensure a gradual progression to full democracy, the country did not foster a strong tradition of state-led penetration.

Keywords: non-democratic government; SAR state; authoritarian state; civil society; full democracy; freedom

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