Surrounding the Cities from the Countryside: An Empirical Assessment of the Electoral Effects

  • Stan Hok-Wui Wong


In this chapter, the actual electoral effect of the relationship vote-oriented grassroots strategy of Beijing-sponsored parties and the pandering of the pan-democrats to the protest vote are examined. Did the Beijing-sponsored parties’ grassroots strategy really achieve their intended effect? The chapter not only presents how their grassroots strategy led to their electoral successes in the District Councils but also how occupying the District Councils allowed them to marginalize the pan-democrats in the major battlefield, the Legislative Council. The empirical evidence challenges the conventional wisdom that the District Councils are politically insignificant.


Chinese Communist Party Democratic Party Vote Share Voter Preference Regression Discontinuity 
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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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