Populism has become a loaded word, often hurled at anyone critical of the status quo. But it is hardly an illegitimate reaction. From a political economy perspective, it makes perfect sense.
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Twenty-five years after the handover, the journey of Hong Kong from British colonial rule to China’s heavy-handed governance has been riddled with discontent, dissatisfaction, and a thirst for democracy. How has Hong Kong come to be at the forefront of Chinese authoritarianism, and how did this experiment go so wrong?