Ideological Orientation and Political Transition in Hong Kong: Confidence in the Future

David Y. F. Ho, Albert W. L. Chau*, Chi Yue Chiu, S. Q. Peng

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    In the two-component model of ideological orientation, a person's ideological position is jointly influenced by attitudinal and affective components. The present study adopted this conceptual model to predict confidence in the future of Hong Kong, Questionnaire responses were collected from 395 adults (56.8% men and 43.2% women) in Hong Kong in April 1995, some 2 years before its transfer from British to Chinese control The results show that the level of confidence in Hong Kong was related to both attitudinal and affective identification with Hong Kong and China. These findings suggest that the transfer of government may have brought to the surface a collision of the divergent political cultures of Hong Kong and mainland China, resulting in two antagonistic political orientations that predicted confidence in the future of Hong Kong.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)403-413
    Number of pages11
    JournalPolitical Psychology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Philosophy
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Political Science and International Relations

    User-Defined Keywords

    • China
    • Confidence
    • Hong Kong
    • Ideological orientation
    • Political psychology


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