Hong Kong’s Corporatism

In an article just made available at the JCA publisher’s website, Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Ma Ngok argues that accounts of a non-interventionist state in Hong Kong are flawed.

In “The Making of a Corporatist State in Hong Kong: The Road to Sectoral Intervention” (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2015.1084026), Ma Ngok suggests that corporatist governance has deep historical roots. In addition, from the 1980s, as part of its political strategy, the Chinese government further developed a corporatist state to include various sectoral elites.

Through an empirical study of the behaviour of functional constituency legislators and policy outputs since the handover in 1997, the article shows that:

the functional constituencies as a corporatist structure introduced many sector-oriented demands. These sectoral representatives lobbied for favourable polices, increased representation for their sectors, and more state resources. This drove the post-1997 Hong Kong state to sectoral intervention, as resources were diverted to selected sectors, creating new legitimacy problems for the regime.

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