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Political Reforms vs. Undemocratic Institutional Arrangements in Hong Kong

Scartozzi, Cesare M. (2017): Political Reforms vs. Undemocratic Institutional Arrangements in Hong Kong. Published in: Seoul National University Journal of International Affairs , Vol. 2, No. 1 (2017): pp. 2-12.

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Abstract

This essay examines the recent political developments in Hong Kong. Specifically, it examines the problem of political accountability and unresponsive governance. The essay argues that lack of accountability is a byproduct of existing institutional arrangements – i.e., limited functional franchise, veto powers and institutional backdoors – which promote rent-seeking behavior among tycoons and undermine the economic freedoms of ordinary Hongkongers, who, dissatisfied with the current state of affairs, demand political reforms.

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