A Study of District Council, Community Development and Grassroots Democracy in Hong Kong

Prof. Chunhao Chang

Comparing the institutional regulation and practical operation, this paper studies the District Council and community development in Hong Kong. Interview data is included to contextualize what role District Council plays in grassroots politics. This paper intends to prove that though District Council members do not have real power, the importance of District Council manifests in other realms of political practice, which makes District Council a feature of grassroots democracy in Hon Kong. Also, concerning the co-opetition relation between communities and the government, District Council plays an important role in community development since it represents not only the population’s feeling and attitude toward the government, but also affects how and why local residents participate in political activities in Hong Kong. In Short, District Council is the key to understand Hong Kong’s democracy development and “one country two system” in the future.