Hybrid politics and new competitiveness : Hong Kong's 2007 chief executive election

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-388
Journal / PublicationEast Asia: An International Quarterly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


In recounting Hong Kong's chief executive election in 2007, this paper charts the unexpected appearance of an "unauthorized" candidate and the occurrence of vibrant campaigning. Further, as electoral competitiveness increased, the liberal form of authoritarian rule that has characterized politics in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) began to change in ways that parallel the electoral authoritarianism practiced in Singapore. This paper argues that such change, if regularized and enhanced, may bring greater stability to the HKSAR's politics, yielding greater legitimacy, popular compliance, and hence, new efficiencies in control. Even so, analysis of the chief executive election shows that this competitiveness was strongly resisted by the central government in Beijing. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008.

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  • Authoritarianism, Chief executive, Democracy, Elections, HKSAR, Hong Kong, Hybrid regimes, Universal suffrage