Social Sciences: A Foundation Course
Question: a What is a political party? b ‘Political parties are powerless in Hong Kong because they cannot form government and make policies.’ Discuss.
Student name: Lam Tsz Ho
Student no: S11421101
In this year, Occupy Central arouses a lot of controversies. It is a civil disobedience movement which began in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. It calls on thousands of protesters to block roads and paralyse Hong Kong's financial district if the Beijing and Hong Kong governments do not agree to implement universal suffrage for the chief executive election in 2017 and the Legislative Council elections in 2020 according to “international standards”. Many people said …show more content…
To what extent have their policy agendas been enacted or their social functions fulfilled?
If a political party wants to enact its policy agenda, it must get the majority control of the Legislative Council. However, the directly elected members are not make up more than 50%. 50% were elected by functional constituencies. It means that political parties need to cooperate with functional constituencies. They are not easy to work with because functional representative are accountable to their small electorates.
Compare the roles of political parties in modern democracy and those in Hong Kong, and explain the causes of the latter’s limitations.
In modern democracy,
‘For the electorate, parties simplify choices, provide education and socialization to participate in politics and public affairs. As organizations, political parties