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Stretching Away from the State: NGO Emergence and Dual Identity in a Chinese Government Institution

  • Paul Thiers
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Abstract

Decades of dramatic economic reform and struggles for political change have led to speculation and research on the emergence of civil society and pluralism in China. The establishment of autonomous nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) would mark a significant milestone in this process. However, assumptions inherent in non-Chinese concepts of NGOs and civil society do not fit easily within the Chinese state-society context. A number of scholars have argued that the study of emerging pluralism in China must not assume a zero-sum, oppositional model of state-society relations and that even the distinction between state and nonstate itself should be drawn lightly.

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Civil Society Economic Reform Sustainable Agriculture Green Food Certification Organization 
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