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Contemporary Hong Kong Government and Politics$
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Wai-man Lam and Percy Luen-tim Lui

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139477

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139477.001.0001

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Mass Media and Public Opinion

Mass Media and Public Opinion

(p.223) Chapter 11 Mass Media and Public Opinion
Contemporary Hong Kong Government and Politics

Joseph M. Chan

Francis L.F. Lee

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter provides an analytical account of the definitions of public opinion, the roles of the mass media, and how they influence the government and politics of Hong Kong. The chapter proposes a conception of public opinion that is characterized by discursive struggles to represent public opinion mediated by professional communicators. Although the liberal democratic ideal forms the core of media professionalism, the performance of media has been constrained by several structural factors such as the commercial nature of the Hong Kong media system and the ownership of the press. It has been controversial whether media is a facilitator or a mobilizer in politics. The chapter analyses the mechanisms in the HKSAR government and the respective strategies employed in influencing and mediating public opinion. Lastly, it investigates the effects of the media in the making of public opinion and collective action in Hong Kong.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Government, Politics, Special Administrative Region, Media, Public opinion

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