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Electing Hong Kong's Chief Executive$
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Simon N. M. Young and Richard Cullen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028399

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028399.001.0001

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Significance of the Election Committee in Hong Kong and Mainland China1

Significance of the Election Committee in Hong Kong and Mainland China1

(p.29) 3 Significance of the Election Committee in Hong Kong and Mainland China1
Electing Hong Kong's Chief Executive

Simon N. M. Young

Richard Cullen

Hong Kong University Press

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

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