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New strategies of civil society in China: a case study of the network governance approach

Fulda, Andreas; Li, Yanyan; Song, Qinghua

Authors

Andreas Fulda Andreas.Fulda@nottingham.ac.uk

Yanyan Li

Qinghua Song



Abstract

Since the turn of the millennium a second generation of Chinese civil society organisations (CSO) have started taking on issues such as rural migrant integration, social service provision, as well as community building. Organisations such as Beijing-based Shining Stone Community Action (SSCA) can be seen as the avant-garde of a second wave of humanistic, community-based CSO which are willing to help improve the strained state-society relationship in the People´s Republic of China (PR China). In order to advance their values and interests civil society practitioners are willing to engage with Chinese government officials. By gaining the trust of First-in-Command (FIC) cadres they manage to introduce ideas such as the principle of subsidiarity, solidarity and reciprocity. Civil society practitioners thereby initiate open-ended processes of communication, consultation and cooperation. Such processes help promote cross-sector collaboration between Chinese civil society organisations and local government agencies. These developments signify an incremental change from government control (guanzhi) to public management (guanli) and to network governance (zhili). As a framework for the case study the authors look at strategies for the establishment of cooperative relations, focusing on steering mechanisms and process factors. In order to further understand the dynamics of cross-sector collaboration they further explore the social capital dimensions of the principle of reciprocity and trust. To evaluate outcomes and impacts of cross-sector collaboration, the authors discuss the ability of collaboration partners to produce tangible results and to innovate. The findings show that successful experiments with cross-sector collaboration not only depend on structural factors but also on the skills and strategies of the individuals and organisations involved.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 1, 2012
Journal Journal of Contemporary China
Print ISSN 1067-0564
Electronic ISSN 1067-0564
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 76
APA6 Citation Fulda, A., Li, Y., & Song, Q. (2012). New strategies of civil society in China: a case study of the network governance approach. Journal of Contemporary China, 21(76), doi:10.1080/10670564.2012.666837
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10670564.2012.666837
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10670564.2012.666837
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journal of Contemporary China on 5 Apr. 2012, available online: http://www.tandfonline....80/10670564.2012.666837

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