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The Politics of China–Hong Kong Relations

Living with Distant Masters Peter W. Preston, Emeritus Professor of Political Sociology, University of Birmingham, UK
In 1997 the British state relinquished control of Hong Kong and at this moment an established prosperous community was faced with reordering its sense of itself and its links with the wider world around the authority of Beijing. This book seeks to uncover the political logic of the process. Four issues are pursued: the manner of embedding a new political settlement, the business of governing the territory, the issue of democracy and the likely future of the extant form-of-life.
Extent: 240 pp
Hardback Price: $120.00 Web: $108.00
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78471 128 3
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  • Asian Studies
  • Asian Politics and Policy
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Asian Politics
In 1997 the British state relinquished control of Hong Kong. From that point an established prosperous community was faced with reordering its sense of itself and its links with the wider world around the authority of Beijing. This book traces the political relationship between Hong Kong and China, and sketches a number of possible future scenarios ranging from successful mutual understanding, through to breakdown and the imposition of rule from Beijing.

Having lived and worked in East Asia, Peter Preston brings a sympathetic outsider’s eye to the problems of Hong Kong and Beijing relations. He pursues four main issues: the manner of embedding a new political settlement, the business of governing the territory, the issue of democracy, and the likely future of the extant form of life.

Students and scholars specialising in comparative politics, and international relations of East Asia will find this book to be of interest. It will also be of use to those addressing political conflict in that part of the world.
All in all, this book does a valuable job in providing a concise account of Hong Kong politics from the British colonial times to the Chinese SAR period. Experienced researchers of Hong Kong politics will find this book illuminating while new readers of Hong Kong politics will find it a good and handy introductory text.'
– The China Quarterly
Contents: Preface 1. Framing the Debate: London, Beijing and Hong Kong 2. Hong Kong’s Historical Trajectory 3. After 1997: Creating and Embedding a New Political Settlement 4. Popular Politics 5. Imagining Routes to the Future Index