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Estudios constitucionales

versión On-line ISSN 0718-5200

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CHA, Peter C.H.  y  PONCE DE LEON SOLIS, Viviana. The Pursuit of Democracy in Hong Kong: A Case of Realpolitik or a Conflict of Constitutional Jurisprudence?. Estudios constitucionales [online]. 2018, vol.16, n.2, pp.403-448. ISSN 0718-5200.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-52002018000200403.

Existing literature contributes the deadlock in Hong Kong’s quest for universal suffrage and to the political gridlock between Beijing and the opposition parties in Hong Kong. While Realpolitik played a crucial role in shaping Hong Kong’s constitutional reform, this article argues that the clash of constitutional traditions had been equally important. The Chinese constitutional perspective embraces the fundamental principle of delegation of power. The delegated powers must be exercised by Hong Kong on the basis that Beijing retains plenary powers. The liberal view, which emphasizes the supremacy of the law, argues that Beijing is equally bound by the Basic Law. This article argues that the lack of consensus on both the definition of “universal suffrage” and concrete institutional designs for universal suffrage are the key obstacles to the development of democracy in Hong Kong. These obstacles cannot be overcome unless both sides can agree to a mutually acceptable constitutional interface.

Palabras clave : Democracy; universal suffrage; constitutional reform; Hong Kong; Beijing; China.

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