Federalism, Democracy and National Diversity in Twenty-First Century China: Reinterpreting Hong Kong’s Autonomy, Subverting its Democracy

  • Jean-François DupréEmail author
Part of the Federalism and Internal Conflicts book series (FEINCO)


This chapter investigates the politics of federalism, democracy and national diversity in China, tracing the process through which the central and local governments have furthered national integration and authoritarianisation in Hong Kong. It argues that these joint processes were enabled not by a sudden and drastic institutional takeover by China, but by an incremental process of institutional conversion in which institutions governing Hong Kong’s autonomy and democratisation were brought to serve objectives that seem contrary to their stated purposes. This chapter draws attention to the social constructedness of autonomy and points to the importance of observing multilevel governance in practice. The chapter concludes by briefly discussing the implications of the argument in light of the widespread protests in Hong Kong.


China Hong Kong National integration Authoritarianisation Multilevel governance in practice 


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  1. 1.Institute of SociologyAcademia SinicaTaipeiTaiwan

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