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Casino Interests, Clans and Electoral Politics in Macau


This paper aims at analyzing the role of casino capitalists in the electoral politics of Macau SAR in 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013. It will argue that casino interest groups have been combined with local Chinese clans, notably the Fujian clan, to constitute powerful political machines forging close relations with their clients or voters. The paper will also examine the topic related to casinos once directly elected legislators entered the Macau Legislative Assembly. It will contend that Macau΄s local elections represent a unique case study involving casino interest groups and local Chinese clans.


Dr CHONG King Man Eric
Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, The Education University of Hong Kong.
Eric Chong obtained BSSc. (1996) and MPhil. (1998) in Government & Public Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, MBA (Public Service) in the University of Birmingham (U.K.) in 2001, PGDE in Liberal Studies from the University of Hong Kong (2007), and PhD (2013) in Education in the University of York, U.K. His professional career has been tied up with topics of citizenship education, Liberal Studies and General Studies in Hong Kong's schools. His research interests are topics of citizenship education, national identity, politics and sociology.