Anti-government protesters holds up their hands to symbolise their five demands during a demonstration on July 1 in Causeway Bay. Hong Kong has been roiled by one crisis after another since mid-2019 – from the anti-government protests to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Xiaomei Chen Anti-government protesters holds up their hands to symbolise their five demands during a demonstration on July 1 in Causeway Bay. Hong Kong has been roiled by one crisis after another since mid-2019 – from the anti-government protests to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Anti-government protesters holds up their hands to symbolise their five demands during a demonstration on July 1 in Causeway Bay. Hong Kong has been roiled by one crisis after another since mid-2019 – from the anti-government protests to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Chan Kwok Bun
Opinion

Opinion

Chan Kwok Bun and Chong Tik Man

Hong Kong’s crises could have a silver lining – reform of the Executive Council

  • One reason for the government’s consistent failure to gauge public opinion is the domination of the Executive Council by members of the business elite and pro-government politicians
  • A more diverse council which doesn’t see the chief executive as its boss would be more effective

Anti-government protesters holds up their hands to symbolise their five demands during a demonstration on July 1 in Causeway Bay. Hong Kong has been roiled by one crisis after another since mid-2019 – from the anti-government protests to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Xiaomei Chen Anti-government protesters holds up their hands to symbolise their five demands during a demonstration on July 1 in Causeway Bay. Hong Kong has been roiled by one crisis after another since mid-2019 – from the anti-government protests to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Anti-government protesters holds up their hands to symbolise their five demands during a demonstration on July 1 in Causeway Bay. Hong Kong has been roiled by one crisis after another since mid-2019 – from the anti-government protests to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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Chan Kwok Bun

Chan Kwok Bun

Chan Kwok Bun is University Adjunct Professor at the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, and founder and chairman of Chan Institute of Social Studies. Author or editor of 50 books, he is former head of the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore, and former chair professor and head of the Department of Sociology at the Hong Kong Baptist University.

Chong Tik Man

Chong Tik Man

Chong Tik Man is a researcher at the Chan Institute of Social Studies