A New Chance for Political Reform in Hong Kong: One Legislature, Two Chambers?

As this paper will show, both the HKSARG and the Central People’s Government (CPG) have looked on bicameralism as a useful option in moving forward towards the universal suffrage pledged by the Basic Law. This paper will examine why both the CPG and the HKSARG regard this option with such favour. It will review the attitudes of the CPG and HKSARG towards political reform and the potential contribution of bicameralism. It will discuss Hong Kong’s reservations about the concept. The paper will identify its possible contribution to solving the current impasse over political reform. It will discuss whether it would help or hinder the effective administration of Hong Kong.