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This ebook studies the political improvement of Hong Kong sooner than and after 1997, particularly the evolution of state-society kinfolk within the final 20 years, to research the gradual improvement of democracy and governance situation of Hong Kong after 1997.Review"Comprehensive, perceptive, and significant, this publication is vital analyzing for somebody attracted to Hong Kong politics earlier than and after 1997 and political improvement and state-society kinfolk as a rule. Ma Ngok forcefully explains the resource of governance difficulty and the gradual development of democracy in post-1997 Hong Kong. He argues that the crux of the problem lies within the underdevelopment of political society. this is often either a good written paintings on Hong Kong society and an invaluable reference for undergraduates and study scholars in political technological know-how, sociology and improvement studies." -- Professor Lui Tai-lok, division of Sociology, chinese language collage of Hong KongFrom the interior FlapThis booklet experiences the political improvement of Hong Kong ahead of and after 1997, particularly the evolution of state-society relatives within the final 20 years, to research the gradual improvement of democracy and governance in Hong Kong after 1997. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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The colonial government thus had little need to respond to strong labor demands or movements, which enabled it to adopt a non-interventionist stand. Although explanations vary, the above-mentioned scholars all concurred that the colonial state, at least during the economic take-off period in the 1960s and 1970s, was largely non-interventionist. This of course was the conventional wisdom of the “Hong Kong story;” hitherto the SAR government and the business sector still claimed that government non-intervention was the pillar of Hong Kong’s economic miracle.

Hong Kong’s uniqueness was that there were a long 13 years between the signing of the Joint Declaration and the actual handover. This created grave political and social uncertainty in the transition period. The old masters were going but they were not gone yet. The new masters would come in but for the time being they were only pondering up in the north. Old and new elites scrambled for benefits and jockeyed for position, and loyalty to the outgoing colonial master became a depreciating asset. The government was caught on the horns of a dilemma.

The leftist groups) (Ngo, 1999b). The colonial government actually had its institutional reach 26 Political Development in Hong Kong deep into both urban and rural sectors. It maintained effective governance by manipulating cleavages in society and playing “divide and rule” (Ngo, 1999b), not because of an absence of challenges from society or a widespread consent for colonial rule. In this light, state and society in Hong Kong had never been exclusive of each other. Rather, they actively constituted each other.

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