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Transnational Civil Society in China

Intrusion and Impact Chen Jie, Political Science and International Relations, The University of Western Australia, Australia
This book discusses the penetration, growth and operation of transnational civil society (TCS) in China. It explores TCS’ impacts on the incremental development of China’s political pluralism, mainly through exploring the influences of the leading TCS actors on the country’s bottom-up and self-governing activist NGOs that have sprung up spontaneously, in terms of capacities, strategies, leadership and political outlook, as a result of complex interactions between the two sectors.
Extent: 224 pp
Hardback Price: $120.00 Web: $108.00
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978 1 84844 894 0
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A salient trend in studies of China and transnational civil society – two newly influential global forces – is the converging of their paths. Thousands of international NGOs and foundations have come to operate in China in the ‘low politics’ of environment, development and epidemics, while democracy activists campaign on China from outside. This path-breaking book investigates transnational groups’ evolving relations with China and its NGO sector, and compares China with transnational stories of party states in Eastern Europe and Taiwan.

This book discusses the penetration, growth and operation of transnational civil society (TCS) in China. It explores TCS’ impacts on the incremental development of China’s political pluralism, mainly through exploring the influences of the leading TCS actors on the country’s bottom-up and self-governing activist NGOs that have sprung up spontaneously, in terms of capacities, strategies, leadership and political outlook, as a result of complex interactions between the two sectors.

Transnational Civil Society in China opens up a new frontier in discussing the society, politics and international relations of China that will appeal to scholars and researchers studying China and transnational/global civil society.
‘Transnational Civil Society in China: Intrusion and Impact is a ground-breaking book investigating the complex relationship between transnational groups, the non­ governmental sector and the People's Republic of China (PRC), focusing on the penetration, growth and operations of transnational civil society (TCS) in the Chinese context. Compared with previous studies which described the community of non-profit and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating in China, Chen Jie's approach is extremely original. . . This study is a fine piece of research, which highlights the growing role that non-state actors play in contemporary China. The book is the result of much field observation and interviews conducted with experts from major international non­ governmental organisations, their Chinese partner organisations based in China and the United States, and Chinese political activists living abroad. The volume represents a noteworthy contribution to the field, providing third sector scholars and students of transnational civil society with useful tools for analysis.’
– Silvia Menegazzi, International Spectator

‘Chen Jie’s book Transnational Civil Society in China is a welcome effort that maps out a terrain which has been largely neglected in Chinese civil society research, namely the impact of transnational civil society on China. . . In general the book is a good read, and the research it presents is up to standard. Chen makes clear and empirically grounded arguments. . . the book makes a valuable and essential contribution to our knowledge of a phenomenon that is increasingly important in understanding the dynamics of an emerging Chinese civil society. The book is therefore ideal for researchers engaged in studying Chinese NGOs, civil society, and transnational activism in general.’
– Lauri Paltemaa, China Information
Contents: Introduction 1. Presence of Transnational Civil Society in China 2. Transnational Intrusion and Beijing’s Mixed Reactions 3. Transnational Activism and Chinese Civil Society: Democratizing Impacts 4. Transnational Civil Society and China: Broader and Comparative Perspectives Conclusion References Index