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Focusing on Hong Kong as a unique living laboratory, this pioneering work examines the dynamic interplay of the press and the power structure in transition. The Hong Kong press aligns ideologically and organizationally with the rift between the Kuomintang and the Chinese Communist Party in Chinese politics. This volume illustrates, both theoretically and empirically, the boundaries of journalistic paradigms, the conditions for paradigm shifts, and the limits of such change. Mass Media and Political Transition provides a framework and a base line for comparative studies that explore the role of the media in transitional polities.