Title

The Governance of NGOs in China since 1978: How Much Autonomy?

Abstract

Does the surge of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in China indicate a shift in power away from the party-state and the emergence of a civil society? In an attempt to shed light on the relationship between the state and the NGOs, this article examines the aims of official NGO policy and its influence on the growth patterns of NGOs. The discussion is divided into three sections. The first section analyzes the NGO concept in China and the features of official policy. The second and third sections address two models of Chinese NGOs. The study concludes that even as the Chinese government remains the most decisive component in the development of NGOs, the state is withdrawing from responsibilities toward society. The interactive and mutually dependent relations between the government and NGOs indicate the continuing power of the party-state as well as the decline in its capacity to control the growth of organizations.

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Publication Date

9-1-2002

Publication Title

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

Department

East Asian Studies

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1177/0899764002313001

Language

English

Format

text

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