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Political Participation: A qualitative study of citizens in Hong Kong
Karlstad University, Division for Social Sciences.
2006 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Abstract

“Political participation”

- A qualitative study of citizens in Hong Kong

Thesis in Political Science, D-level

Author: Liza Bergström

Tutor: Michele Micheletti

On July 1, 1997 China resumed its sovereignty over Hong Kong. Ever since long before the handover until today scholars ask whether and how the changes in Hong Kong’s political status are affecting politics in Hong Kong. This paper is situated in this on-going academic debate. Its purpose is to investigate whether system changes are affecting the participation of citizens in politics in Hong Kong.” It asks: What, if anything, has the new political situation meant for the political participation in Hong Kong?

Two perspectives have been used to answer the purpose, a structural approach and an actor-oriented approach. Five research questions have served as the starting point for my analysis and I have answered the general question on the basis of them.

1. Do the citizens in Hong Kong believe they have the ability to participate in politics, that the political system facilitates their participation in politics?

2. Do the citizens in Hong Kong believe that China tries to repress Hong Hong’s political rights?

3. How do the citizens of Hong Kong participate in politics?

4. How do the citizens of Hong Kong view their own political participation?

5. Do the citizens of Hong Kong object to the political situation in Hong Kong?

Empirical materials for this study have been collected in qualitative interviews with six citizens of Hong Kong, that is people who are Hong Kong Chinese. The conclusion is that the new political situation has not meant a lot for the political participation in Hong Kong. The answer of the general question from a structural approach is that the political system to a certain extent prevents the respondents from participating politically. On the basis of the actor-oriented approach the answer to the general question is that the new political situation has not meant anything for the political participation in Hong Kong.

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2006. , p. 56
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-257OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-257DiVA, id: diva2:5903
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2006-06-09
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