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Article: Democratization in turmoil? Elections in Hong Kong

TitleDemocratization in turmoil? Elections in Hong Kong
Authors
Issue Date1999
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/10670564.asp
Citation
Journal Of Contemporary China, 1999, v. 8 n. 20, p. 47-65 How to Cite?
AbstractThe first SAR Chief Executive, Tung Chee-hwa, in his speech at the SAR Establishment Ceremony, said: 'Democracy is the hallmark of a new era for Hong Kong. The SAR Government will resolutely move forward to a more democratic form of government in accordance with the provisions in the Basic Law'. Butler, Penniman and Ranney, however, cautioned that 'the critical difference between democratic and nondemocratic regimes is to be found in whether or not they hold elections, and if they do, what kind'. Indeed, electoral changes made to the 1998 LegCo elections are found to be anti-democratic and retrogressive, as well as unnecessary. The authors conclude that electoral systems matter because they are one of the central mechanisms in modern democracies to give substance and content to democratic governance. If electoral systems are designed in such a manner that they obstruct the exercise of popular sovereignty, ride rough-shod over the principle of political equality, undermine the extent of representation, complicate relationships of accountability as well as delimit opportunities for participation, then such systems should have little place in genuine democratic reform. To bring Hong Kong's democratization forward, a hard look at the electoral system, which should be more informed by the principles and practices of democracy will be mandatory. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/171811
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dc.contributor.authorChan, Een_US
dc.contributor.authorKwok, Ren_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-30T06:17:40Z-
dc.date.available2012-10-30T06:17:40Z-
dc.date.issued1999en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Contemporary China, 1999, v. 8 n. 20, p. 47-65en_US
dc.identifier.issn1067-0564en_US
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dc.description.abstractThe first SAR Chief Executive, Tung Chee-hwa, in his speech at the SAR Establishment Ceremony, said: 'Democracy is the hallmark of a new era for Hong Kong. The SAR Government will resolutely move forward to a more democratic form of government in accordance with the provisions in the Basic Law'. Butler, Penniman and Ranney, however, cautioned that 'the critical difference between democratic and nondemocratic regimes is to be found in whether or not they hold elections, and if they do, what kind'. Indeed, electoral changes made to the 1998 LegCo elections are found to be anti-democratic and retrogressive, as well as unnecessary. The authors conclude that electoral systems matter because they are one of the central mechanisms in modern democracies to give substance and content to democratic governance. If electoral systems are designed in such a manner that they obstruct the exercise of popular sovereignty, ride rough-shod over the principle of political equality, undermine the extent of representation, complicate relationships of accountability as well as delimit opportunities for participation, then such systems should have little place in genuine democratic reform. To bring Hong Kong's democratization forward, a hard look at the electoral system, which should be more informed by the principles and practices of democracy will be mandatory. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.en_US
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