The chapter aims to study the impact of the dual political transition ignited by the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law on the functioning and operation of the political system and order of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). In particular, the constraints and limits of political reforms imposed by the peculiar situation of the transitional period up to 1997 and beyond, and the resultant under-preparation of the regime transformation, both in terms of hardware (e.g. institutional reforms) and software (e.g. the availability of a capable governing core and political leaders, and the related supporting system). The dynamic interactions between the executive and the legislature under the “new” political order and the factors leading to the difficulties in governing Hong Kong will also be examined.
|Title of host publication||Political Transition and Economic Development in East Asia|
|Publisher||East Asian Development Network (EADN)|
|Number of pages||230|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|