Learning aims: Conceptualising, applying concepts to analyse an empirical case.
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Conceptualising, applying concepts to analyse an empirical case. To be able to clearly define and demarcate a given empirical case by phrasing a problem definition by means of basic political science concepts. Writing a short academic paper in which an academic writing style, a clear basic structure and correct references are present.
In June 2019 protests in Hong Kong arose over an extradition bill that would have allowed for criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China under certain circumstances. The protests called into question the influence China has over Hong Kong. While the bill was withdrawn in September of that year, the demonstrations continued and escalated into violent clashes with the police. At the peak of the unrest, in November 2019, local elections resulted in a pro-democratic landslide victory, and a record-high voter turnout. As covid-19 started to hit Hong Kong, the protests dwindled, only to re-emerge in May 2020, as local government announced the implementation of a new security law, that was to increase Chinese restrictions on Hong Kong even further.
As a political scientist, you should be able to analyse political events from a specific perspective. You can use concepts such as conflict, actors, power and interests to understand why certain incidents escalate (and why others do not!). In this assignment, you are to use a couple of basic political science concepts, as discussed by Van der Eijk (2018) to analyse the Hong Kong protests. What are the parameters of this (political) conflict? What is the conflict about, between who? Why has it persisted? Use the assigned concepts to identify a ‘puzzle’ or angle you wish to analyse in your assignment, by phrasing a problem definition. Your analysis should culminate in a thesis, that ties the paper together in one central argument.
Include the following elements in your assignment:
A relevant problem definition that fits the given case and the conceptual framework.
A conceptualisation of the basic concepts from Van der Eijk (you may use the entire book) that you deem relevant in light of your problem definition.
A brief and factual description of the case (or a particular element of this case): the protests in Hong Kong as have taken place since June 2019. Use a variety of source material. Make sure the description is relevant in light of your problem definition.
Apply the concepts to the case to allow you to offer an analysis of the situation, culminating in a central thesis regarding the Hong Kong protests.