All Politics Is Local: Grassroots Strategy of Beijing-Sponsored Parties

  • Stan Hok-Wui Wong


This chapter deals with a puzzle: why would some pro-establishment parties devote an enormous amount of resources to capturing the District Councils, the lowest elected tier of the government that has been generally viewed as politically insignificant? To answer this question, pro-establishment parties in Hong Kong are outlined and the chapter touches on the changes and continuities of their relationship with the regime in China. Then it discusses how Beijing-sponsored parties have endeavored to uproot the relationship vote as well as the grassroots network previously developed by the pan-democratic parties. The seemingly insignificant District Council offices turned out to carry far-reaching political influences as the political tool used by the pro-establishment camp to undermine its rival. Based on interviews with the pro-establishment elite, the inner workings of its grassroots political machine and how this machine contributes to the electoral success of some Beijing-sponsored parties are further discussed.


Personal Interview Chinese Communist Party Democratic Party Vote Share Special Administrative Region 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stan Hok-Wui Wong
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  1. 1.Department of Government and Public AdministrationChinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong SAR

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