Significance of the Election Committee in Hong Kong and Mainland China<sup>1</sup>

Simon N. M. Young and Richard Cullen

in Electing Hong Kong's Chief Executive

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028399
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206908 | DOI:
Significance of the Election Committee in Hong Kong and Mainland China1

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This chapter examines the constitutional and wider political significance of the Election Committee (EC) in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). It investigates the relationship between the EC and the operation of the executive in Hong Kong and analyzes the association between the EC and the Legislative Council. The findings indicate that the EC system lacked real political legitimacy from the time of its inclusion in the Basic Law and that the EC system has done little to remedy its clear shortcomings.

Keywords: Election Committee; HKSAR; Legislative Council; political legitimacy; Basic Law

Chapter.  11052 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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