Brief Study of the Attitude of the Chinese State Toward Ngos a Relationship of Dependent Autonomy

Topics: Local government, Civil society, Policy Pages: 4 (1362 words) Published: June 7, 2013
Brief Study of the Attitude of the Chinese State toward NGOs: A Relationship of Dependent Autonomy (The study briefly focuses on the attitude of the regulative state which is providing the non-state actors some sort of dependent autonomy for its own existence. The following parts of the same discussion will be published elsewhere.) Asoke Kumar Mehera (

(Ex-Teacher of La Mart College of Technology, Sydney)
The principal focus of this brief article is to explore the Chinese state-centric attitude towards NGOs as part of the broader implementation of CSR strategies. I am going to concentrate on the emergence of local corporatist state framework, which is paving a new way for the autonomy of the NGOs. Although, Chinese state-centric model of CSR is contrary to the market-based model (US) and relational model (EU); but non-monolithic nature of the present state is contributing towards local government influence and control. The NGOs in Shanghai & Guangdong province indicates that local governments implement their own policy in the absence of higher-level guidance of central policy and the local states across all levels have a substantial interest and control in the work and operations of NGOs. It is essential to analyse the collaborative role of the local state at various levels – particularly at the municipal and district level – in pursuing the objectives and operational development of NGOs. A local corporatist state framework is therefore an appropriate mechanism to interpret the state’s actions, and the ensuing state-society engagements. Tacit sanctioning in the context of State-NGO relations is useful to understand how the local state has modified corporatist mechanisms vis-à-vis social responsibilities and the increasing activism of NGOs. Yiyi Lu’s (2008) study, for instance, provides good grounds for arguing that the autonomy of the NGOs arise in part because of the limited capacity of central government to control NGOs, and in part...

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