Center-Periphery Relations under 'One Country, Two Systems': Diffusion of Governance from China to Hong Kong
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AbstractThis article addresses the key questions of how two different governance systems interact within a national context and the transferability of the Chinese governance system across contexts. To answer these questions, it examines the impact of Hong Kong’s reunification with China on its style and quality of governance. Since the sovereignty of Hong Kong was transferred to China in 1997, a natural “quasi-experiment” about the diffusion and interaction between those two governance systems is made possible. Using Weberian bureaucratic governance and the Chinese-style model of adaptive governance, which is termed as “Mao’s Invisible Hand” or guerilla policy style, as the guiding analytical frameworks, it argues that there is a diffusion of governance from China to Hong Kong. This has gradually resulted in an institutional convergence of governance, making the governance of Hong Kong more similar to that of China. Among those changes, deinstitutionalization of major governance institutions in Hong Kong is a major area of concern due to the mismatch between governance system and context. It illustrates this trend of shifting from “One Country, Two Systems” to “One Country, One System” in governance through three cases in the post-1997 era and concludes with implications on governance studies.
Acceptance Date31/01/2019
All Author(s) ListWilson Wong
Name of ConferenceWorkshop on Center-Periphery Relations in Asia: A Cutting-Edge Debate
Start Date of Conference31/01/2019
End Date of Conference01/02/2019
Place of ConferenceSingapore
Country/Region of ConferenceSingapore
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsAdaptive Governance, Diffusion of Governance, Hong Kong, Mainlandization, Mao’s Invisible Hand., One Country, Two Systems

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