The Legitimacy Problem and Democratic Reform in Hong Kong

  title={The Legitimacy Problem and Democratic Reform in Hong Kong},
  author={Ming Sing},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary China},
  pages={517 - 532}
  • Ming Sing
  • Published 1 August 2006
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Contemporary China
On 1 July 2003, over half a million Hong Kong people staged a mass protest against the poor governance of the post-handover Hong Kong government. The grievances of the marchers quickly snowballed into a widely backed movement for democracy. The subsequent record-breaking support for pro-democratic candidates during the local elections held on 23 November 2003 unnerved Beijing over its possible loss of control over Hong Kong. Beijing swiftly shifted to a hard-line approach, attempting to dampen… 

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