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Graduated Control and Beyond: The Evolving Government-NGO Relations

Fengshi Wu and Kin-man Chan
p. 9-17

Abstract

Despite recent policy changes, governmental monitoring and control of grassroots NGOs remain pervasive and effective to a large extent in China. The enforcement of control over NGOs is complicated by at least three layers of factors: First, multiple agencies are involved in NGO control without a centralised norm. Second, government-NGO interactions vary across cases and are deeply rooted in local political contexts. Last, but not least, since the NGO community at its origin is highly diverse, NGOs’ responses to various types of governmental control differ, which in turn triggers further complications. The main findings of this research are based on interviews with 60 NGO staff, as well as with civil affairs officials in Shanghai and Shenzhen from January 2011 to May 2012.

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Electronic reference

Fengshi Wu and Kin-man Chan, « Graduated Control and Beyond: The Evolving Government-NGO Relations », China Perspectives [Online], 2012/3 | 2012, Online since 04 October 2012, connection on 20 August 2014. URL : http://chinaperspectives.revues.org/5928

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About the authors

Fengshi Wu

Associate Director of the Centre for Civil Society Studies, and Assistant Professor at the Department of Government and Public Administration of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
3/F T. C. Cheng Bldg, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong SAR (wufengshi@cuhk.edu.hk).

Kin-man Chan

Director of the Centre for Civil Society Studies and Associate Professor at the Sociology Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
4/F Sino Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong (kmchan@cuhk.edu.hk).

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