Simon Cartledge: A System Apart? Hong Kong's Political Economy from 1997

1 February 2018, 6.00 PM - 1 February 2018, 7.00 PM

LT2, Arts Complex

A System Apart?

Since 1997, Hong Kong's economic growth rate has dropped sharply, inequality has increased, and corruption has found its way to the highest levels of government. These changes can in good part be attributed to the city's 'pro-business' constitution, which has held back change and led to the rise of anti-establishment, localist opposition. 

Drawing on the arguments of his book, A System Apart, traces the interplay of Hong Kong's economy, society, politics and relations with the rest of China over the last twenty years – and where this leaves this leave the city today.

Simon Cartledge is the founder of Hong Kong-based publishing and research company Big Brains and a former Editor-in-Chief, Asia for the Economist Intelligence Unit. He has lived in Hong Kong for more than twenty-five years.

Organised by the Hong Kong History Project.


Contact information

Chris Wemyss (chris.wemyss@bristol.ac.uk). 

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