Patron-Client Pluralism and Beijing's Relations with Hong Kong

Sonny Shiu-Hing Lo

in The Dynamics of Beijing-Hong Kong Relations

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099081
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207547 | DOI:
Patron-Client Pluralism and Beijing's Relations with Hong Kong

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This chapter reviews the perspectives arising from the political relationships between the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and Beijing. These perspectives include Hong Kong's annexation of the mainland, the clash of civilizations, Beijing's control over Hong Kong, bureaucratic politics, planning and coordination, and fiscal relations. In addition to reviewing these perspectives, the chapter also advances a modified form of patron-clientelism which involves political patrons operating in a pluralistic environment where support from the clients and followers is not assured and where non-clients are determined to oppose the clientelistic regime. The chapter also explores how the central government of Beijing (the superior patron) deals with the non-clients of Hong Kong's political scene, specifically the democratic elites. It also examines how Beijing rewards the clients of HKSAR.

Keywords: political relationships; Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; patron-clientelism; central government; political scene; bureaucratic politics; annexation

Chapter.  13036 words. 

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