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Conference Paper: Separation of powers and universal suffrage

TitleSeparation of powers and universal suffrage
Authors
KeywordsSeparation of Powers
Hong Kong
Universal Suffrage
Constitutional Law
Issue Date2014
Citation
The 2014 Conference on Universal Suffrage for the Election of the Chief Executive: 2017 and Beyond, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 20 September 2014. How to Cite?
AbstractThe introduction of universal suffrage for the selection of the Hong Kong Chief Executive is often portrayed as the answer to the problems afflicting the executive-legislative relationship in Hong Kong. But even in the increasingly unlikely event that a consensus can be reached on the necessary electoral methods, the introduction of universal suffrage would, by itself, do little to address some of the structural problems that spring from the strong system of separation of powers — and, particularly, separation of persons — that exists under the Hong Kong Basic Law. The near total separation of membership of the executive and legislature in Hong Kong weakens the political party system and creates the potential for deadlock between the two branches of the political structure. Such structural issues will need to be addressed alongside the introduction of universal suffrage. If the introduction of a parliamentary system is considered too radical a solution in Hong Kong, such reforms should instead focus on finding the maximum cross membership possible within the present constitutional structure, and improving channels of communication between the executive and legislature. Such reforms would also offer hope for addressing some of the problems currently afflicting the executive-legislative relationship in Hong Kong, even if consensus cannot be reached on the introduction of universal suffrage.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/210887
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dc.contributor.authorGittings, DJ-
dc.date.accessioned2015-06-23T05:58:25Z-
dc.date.available2015-06-23T05:58:25Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationThe 2014 Conference on Universal Suffrage for the Election of the Chief Executive: 2017 and Beyond, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 20 September 2014.-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/210887-
dc.description.abstractThe introduction of universal suffrage for the selection of the Hong Kong Chief Executive is often portrayed as the answer to the problems afflicting the executive-legislative relationship in Hong Kong. But even in the increasingly unlikely event that a consensus can be reached on the necessary electoral methods, the introduction of universal suffrage would, by itself, do little to address some of the structural problems that spring from the strong system of separation of powers — and, particularly, separation of persons — that exists under the Hong Kong Basic Law. The near total separation of membership of the executive and legislature in Hong Kong weakens the political party system and creates the potential for deadlock between the two branches of the political structure. Such structural issues will need to be addressed alongside the introduction of universal suffrage. If the introduction of a parliamentary system is considered too radical a solution in Hong Kong, such reforms should instead focus on finding the maximum cross membership possible within the present constitutional structure, and improving channels of communication between the executive and legislature. Such reforms would also offer hope for addressing some of the problems currently afflicting the executive-legislative relationship in Hong Kong, even if consensus cannot be reached on the introduction of universal suffrage.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofConference on Universal Suffrage for the Election of the Chief Executive: 2017 and Beyond-
dc.relation.ispartof「行政長官普選:2017與未來發展」學術研討會-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectSeparation of Powers-
dc.subjectHong Kong-
dc.subjectUniversal Suffrage-
dc.subjectConstitutional Law-
dc.titleSeparation of powers and universal suffrage-
dc.typeConference_Paper-
dc.identifier.emailGittings, DJ: gittings@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityGittings, DJ=rp01854-
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.doi10.2139/ssrn.2499417-
dc.identifier.hkuros243660-
dc.identifier.ssrn2499417-

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