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Non-Governmental Organisations in China

1st Edition

By Yiyi Lu


172 pages

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As Chinese society becomes more open, and hopes rise that control by the Communist Party may become more relaxed, a great deal is expected from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the formation of civil society. This book, based on extensive original research including detailed interview research in over 40 Chinese NGOs, discusses the current position of NGOs within China. It argues that although all NGOs – both those originating as a result of government initiatives, and those which are popularly-organised – are dependent on the state, all enjoy a very large degree of autonomy. This autonomy arises in part because of the limited capacity of central government to control NGOs, and in part because of the fragmented and non-monolithic nature of the state, which enables individual bureaucratic patrons to protect particular NGOs, especially officially-organised ones, from the full impact of state control. The book also discusses the skill base of NGOs, showing that this is somewhat limited, and argues that, contrary to current hopes that NGOs and thereby civil society may flourish, the lack of state control is already leading to an "uncivil society" where rules do not exist or are ignored, and where organisations which are supposed to work for the public interest are being used to serve illegitimate private interests instead.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. List of Abbreviations 1. Introduction 2. Research on Chinese NGOs: Comparing Different Analytical Frameworks 3. The Autonomy of Chinese NGOs 4. Chinese NGOs and the State: A Dependent Relationship 5. The Skills of Chinese NGOs 6. The Limitations of Chinese NGOs 7. Conclusion. References

About the Author/Editor

Yiyi Lu is Research Fellow in the China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham, UK; and Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs. She is an expert on civil society in China.

About the Series

China Policy Series

With the rise of China and its impact on the world, interest in China has increased drastically in recent years. This series focuses on policy-oriented research and scholarly works with policy implications, on all aspects of contemporary Chinese economy, politics, society, environment, journalism and cultures.  It also covers China’s foreign relations with major international organizations such as the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and World Bank, and major powers such as the United States, European Union (and its member states), Japan and others.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies