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An Institutionalist’s Conclusion

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/9789622098107.003.0009
An Institutionalist’s Conclusion

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This concluding chapter explores and analyzes the problems experienced in terms of the SAR governance and of Hong Kong's democratic development. A combination of an institutional analysis of SAR politics and a discussion of Hong Kong's state–society relations are discussed. Here, the arguments contained in the three parts of the book are summarized. The chapter also explains how the politics of the SAR entails several contradictions. Aside from the notion of “one country, two systems,” China and Hong Kong had different values and philosophies regarding issues of liberty and state power. Also, high autonomy was promised to the country in spite of not being granted full democracy. As the Basic Law did not have supporting institutions, Hong Kong people were not given the political right of electing their government.

Keywords: SAR governance; democratic development; high autonomy; full democracy; Basic Law; supporting institutions; political right

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