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A Fusion of Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong Political Cultures in the 2007 Chief Executive Election

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099081.003.0009
A Fusion of Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong Political Cultures in the 2007 Chief Executive Election

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This chapter demonstrates the amalgamation of mainland China and Hong Kong political cultures as observed in the 2007 Chief Executive Election. The election of 2007 represented a fusion of mainland China and Hong Kong political cultures in the path of democratization of the HKSAR. Specifically, this chapter shows that the mainland cultures of guanxi and patrimonial practices have pervaded Hong Kong politics, particularly among the top ranks of the Hong Kong political scene. This merging of the mainland Chinese culture or patrimonial practices and the Hong Kong political tradition of pluralistic competition represents a spirit of compromise that could instigate further development.

Keywords: guanxi; mainland China; Hong Kong; 2007 Election; democratization; patrimonial practices; pluralistic competition

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