A group of political scientists is compiling a set of proposals on the grooming of political talent in Hong Kong. The issue of fostering political talent is one of a series of studies being conducted by the Democratic Development Network to help lay a solid foundation for full democracy in the longer term. Team member Professor Chan Kin-man, of Chinese University, said the question of how to open more channels for political aspirants to participate in policy formulation was vital to the development of a fully fledged democratic system. 'This is crucial to promote the development of political parties. In the long run, party politics is a must in a full democracy,' he said. 'The issue is complex. Should the post of deputy minister be created? Should there be more political appointees? How do you co-ordinate political and administrative work in the government? 'In Taiwan, political aspirants can get administrative experience after they are elected to become mayors of cities. We do not have similar channels here. 'The revolving door system, in different forms, has functioned well in many countries. Some are quite flexible. We are looking at whether any model can be adopted in Hong Kong.' Professor Chan said the team hoped to compile its preliminary findings next month.