This book reviews the political development of Hong Kong before and
after 1997, in particular the evolution of state-society relations
in the last two decades, to analyze the slow development of
democracy and governance in Hong Kong after 1997.
This book is a most comprehensive analysis of the multi-faceted
changes in Hong Kong in the last 20 years. The scope of changes
analyzed included state functions and institutions, political
changes such as party development and development of the
Legislative Council, and social changes such as social movements,
civil liberties, etc. It helps the reader understand the crisis of
governance of Hong Kong after 1997, and the difficulty of
democratic development in Hong Kong over the years.
The book covers: changing state institutions in Hong Kong in the
last few decades; party development in Hong Kong; the changing role
and function of the legislature in Hong Kong; the evolution of
social movement and movement organizational forms; media freedom,
civil liberties, and the role of civil society; and theoretical
discussions concerning governance problems and state-society
relations in Hong Kong. Special emphasis is placed on how these
changes brought about a new state-society relation, which in turn
brought governance difficulties after 1997.
Subjects: Political Science
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