Nick Hin-Kin Or

University of Southampton
Division of Politics and International Relations

University Road
United Kingdom
SO17 1BJ

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As a student of public policy, my research interest is to examine the political consequences of executive and legislative politics, media, public opinions, and social movements. In terms of methods, I tend to approach my research questions with quantitative methods such as time-series analysis, quantitative content analysis, event history analysis as well as experimental research design. My thesis is about the study of the dynamics of political attention, which has been blossomed in recent years. However, much of the research emphasis is on western democratic systems. A recent study by Lam and Chan (2015) revealed how Hong Kong, as an authoritarian regime, intensified the punctuated equilibrium by analyzing the political attentions since the WWII. Building on this, my research question is to ask whether and how the gradual democratization and sovereignty transition altered the pattern of policy prioritization in legislature in Hong Kong, by looking at legislative bills, questions, media coverage and social contentions. The interaction and relationship between each of these policy venues will enhance our understanding of the distinctions and similarities between democratic and authoritarian regimes, from the policy agendas perspective.

Or, Nick H. K. and Lau, Calvin H. M. (2014). The Rise of Transgressive Contention by Young Activists: Recent Cases in Hong Kong, Journal of Youth Studies, 17(1): 57-77.
Abstract: This article looks at the causes of the prevalent transgressive contentions initiated by young activists in recent years in Hong Kong. Three cases are examined and compared: the rise of the League of Social Democrats and People Power, Local Actions, and Scholarism. By studying the macro, meso, and micro aspects of the cases, we argue that the rise of youth transgressive contention is not just a consequence of adverse sentiments and broader socioeconomic conditions ----- worsening social mobility and economic prospects, higher levels of education, emergence of critical citizens, HK-China integration, and distrust towards the HKSAR government. In addition, the organizational strength and networking among societal actors, the recruitment and nurturing process of these organizations, and their framing strategy are determinants of the outburst of youth activism in Hong Kong.

Substantive Focus:
Governance SECONDARY
Comparative Public Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory SECONDARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation PRIMARY
Public Opinion