Join us on Thursday, May 9, at 12:30 pm for a discussion with:
Jessica Mahlbacher, PhD Candidate, Political Science
“The Ties that Bind?: International Linkages and the Hong Kong Democracy Movement.”
Recent literature has highlighted the importance of international linkages to democratization struggles in empowering opposition groups. As a former British colony, Hong Kong has many international linkages, including a large diaspora, leaders educated in Western universities, and numerous international trade and financial ties. Yet these linkages have varied in their impact on the relationship between rival factions and the local government. While Hong Kong activists were able to elicit international government support for the Article 23 Movement against treason and sedition legislation in 2003, they were unable to get similar support for Umbrella Movement in 2014. Building on fieldwork and archival research conducted from 2016 and 2018, my research maintains that contrary to Levitsky and Way’s argument, the effect of linkages depends on the international context and composition of movement leadership.