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Political Development in Hong KongState, Political Society, and Civil Society$
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Ma Ngok

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098107

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098107.001.0001

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Passages to the Post-Colonial State

Passages to the Post-Colonial State

(p.33) Chapter Three Passages to the Post-Colonial State
Political Development in Hong Kong

Ma Ngok

Hong Kong University Press

Hong Kong's political landscape underwent a major change after the start of the political transition in 1984. Aside from how the Chinese government attempted to build its post-1997 ruling elites corps through a united-front strategy, representatives and political groups utilized competitive elections to achieve public power because of gradual democratization. In response to such efforts, the business elites entered a conservative partnership with China's government so that their position would be retained. Socioeconomic changes have also initiated the less interventionist state's regulatory role, which resulted in the administrative state gaining several governmental or quasi-governmental bodies. The quasi-governmental bodies that resulted from the public sector reform created alternative decision-making loci. This chapter examines how these competing forces determined the post-colonial state.

Keywords:   Chinese government, united front, corps, gradual democratization, elections, regulatory role, quasi-governmental body, post-colonial state

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