Meso-institution as Agent of Social Mobilization and Consensus Building: The Case of Tongxianghui

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 Dr. Victor ZHENG Wan-tai, Prof. LEUNG Yuen-sang, Prof. Anthony FUNG Ying-him, Dr Kevin WONG Tze-wai, and Dr. GUO Hua
 2019 – 2020
Politics and Institutional Change
Hong Kong Social Mobilization Tongxianghui 

February 2019 – January 2020

Since the handover of sovereignty over Hong Kong from Britain to China, there has been a drastic increase in the number of Tongxianghui (TXH) in Hong Kong, particularly after the rise of large-scale social movements. Their high-profile support for the establishment also bears a negative association with clientelism or corporatism. It is believed that a mechanism of incentives relating to political-economic exchanges between the TXH and the establishment exists. This study will contribute a new understanding of the TXH’s function not only as informal agents for social integration outside the established political system at the micro level, but also of their mediating role in solving social conflicts between the government and society at the macro level.

• To investigate how meso-institution serves its role of promoting societal-government relations and building a consensus for improving governance, with TXH as a case study

Related Publications
A press release (here) was published on the HKIAPS website in August 2019. A report was submitted to the Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office of the Government of the HKSAR in January 2020.

Funded by
the Public Policy Research Funding Scheme of the Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office, the Government of the HKSAR

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