Failure of the semi-authoritarian system: Losing ways of absorbing public voices into the post-handover Hong Kong government

  title={Failure of the semi-authoritarian system: Losing ways of absorbing public voices into the post-handover Hong Kong government},
  author={Fung Chan},
  journal={Asian Journal of Comparative Politics},
  pages={317 - 336}
  • Fung Chan
  • Published 3 December 2021
  • Political Science
  • Asian Journal of Comparative Politics
In the past decade, Hong Kong has undergone various large-scale protests, such as the 2014 Occupy Central and the 2019 Anti-Extradition Protests. One of the reasons for such popular grievance was that the government could not grasp the change in public sentiment and opinion. Before the handover, although the governor held the centralized power, the colonial authorities still had ways to collect public opinions to avoid departing from the citizens’ views. The model was called the ‘administrative… 
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