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The political economy of social organization registration in China

Hildebrandt, Timothy ORCID: 0000-0003-2970-8638 (2011) The political economy of social organization registration in China. China Quarterly, 208. pp. 970-989. ISSN 0305-7410

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0305741011001093


The Chinese government uses legal registration to manage and control the rise of social organizations. To avoid negative government attention, organizations might be expected to actively pursue such registration. However, in-depth field research of Chinese NGOs in three issue areas (environmental protection, HIV/AIDS prevention, and gay and lesbian rights) reveals that this is not always the case. There are many conflicting political and economic incentives for both NGOs and government, complicating understandings of social organization registration in China. By shedding light on the process of registration, this article reveals the complexities of state–society relations and demonstrates the difficulties for social organizations to avoid significant government interference.

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Additional Information: © 2011 The China Quarterly
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2013 13:04
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:21

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