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Article: How Authoritarianism Intensifies Punctuated Equilibrium: The Dynamics of Policy Attention in Hong Kong

TitleHow Authoritarianism Intensifies Punctuated Equilibrium: The Dynamics of Policy Attention in Hong Kong
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Issue Date2015
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Governance, 2015, v. 28 n. 4, p. 549-570 How to Cite?
Abstract© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. The punctuated equilibrium theory contends that government attention allocation is universally leptokurtic in that long periods of stability are punctuated by bursts of rapid and radical change; the empirical evidence in support of this claim is however exclusively drawn from democratic systems. The absence of electoral politics and institutional decentralization in authoritarian regimes could presumably affect institutional friction; whether and how this might pose as a qualification to the thesis is of major interest. By analyzing four streams of government actions in Hong Kong from 1946 to 2007 straddling the colonial and postcolonial regimes, we have found that government processes are generally leptokurtic even under authoritarian regime institutions, with the degree of the dispersion of decision-making power across the streams of actions affecting the magnitude of punctuation. We have also found that punctuation was greater when the political system was more centralized but declined as the political system democratized.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/219760
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dc.contributor.authorLam, Wai Fung-
dc.contributor.authorChan, Kwan Nok-
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-23T02:57:54Z-
dc.date.available2015-09-23T02:57:54Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationGovernance, 2015, v. 28 n. 4, p. 549-570-
dc.identifier.issn0952-1895-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/219760-
dc.description.abstract© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. The punctuated equilibrium theory contends that government attention allocation is universally leptokurtic in that long periods of stability are punctuated by bursts of rapid and radical change; the empirical evidence in support of this claim is however exclusively drawn from democratic systems. The absence of electoral politics and institutional decentralization in authoritarian regimes could presumably affect institutional friction; whether and how this might pose as a qualification to the thesis is of major interest. By analyzing four streams of government actions in Hong Kong from 1946 to 2007 straddling the colonial and postcolonial regimes, we have found that government processes are generally leptokurtic even under authoritarian regime institutions, with the degree of the dispersion of decision-making power across the streams of actions affecting the magnitude of punctuation. We have also found that punctuation was greater when the political system was more centralized but declined as the political system democratized.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofGovernance-
dc.titleHow Authoritarianism Intensifies Punctuated Equilibrium: The Dynamics of Policy Attention in Hong Kong-
dc.typeArticle-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1111/gove.12127-
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dc.identifier.hkuros236673-
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