Occupy Central Part 1: Democracy in Hong Kong

Trey | 14 June 2014 | Comparativist

Hong Kong might well blow up into an international news story in the next few weeks. From where I stand now, in mid-June, nobody knows how Occupy Central is going to unfold, though Part 2 looks at the energies and strategies at play. I should start by saying that I hate this term because I think it’s a catch-all term that doesn’t quite mean what people want it to mean. There is something we might call ‘mechanical democracy’ and then there are degrees of political pluralism and voice (what, for me, is ‘real’ democracy). We might also borrow from Charles Tilly’s definition of democracy as ‘grudging consent’:

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