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Isomorphic Pressures, Epistemic Communities and State-NGO Collaboration in China


Reza Hasmath


University of Oxford

Jennifer Y.J. Hsu


University of Alberta - Department of Political Science

2014

The China Quarterly 220, Forthcoming

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This article suggests that a lack of meaningful collaboration between the state and NGOs in China is not solely a result of the state seeking to restrict the development of the sector, or fear of a potential opposing actor to the state. Instead, interviews with NGOs in Beijing and Shanghai suggests that a lack of meaningful engagement between the state and NGOs can be partially attributed to isomorphic pressures within state-NGO relations, and insufficient epistemic awareness of NGO activities on the part of the state. In fact, the evidence suggests that once epistemic awareness is achieved by the state, they will have a stronger desire to interact with NGOs – with the caveat that the state will seek to utilize the material power of NGOs, rather than their symbolic, interpretive or geographical capital.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 18

Keywords: State, NGO, Collaboration, State-Society, Isomorphism, Epistemic Community

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Date posted: September 2, 2013 ; Last revised: June 14, 2014

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Hasmath, Reza and Hsu, Jennifer Y.J., Isomorphic Pressures, Epistemic Communities and State-NGO Collaboration in China (2014). The China Quarterly 220, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2319035 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2319035

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Reza Hasmath (Contact Author)
University of Oxford ( email )
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Jennifer Y.J. Hsu
University of Alberta - Department of Political Science ( email )
Department of Political Science
10-16 HM Tory Building
Edmonton, Alberta T6G2H4
Canada
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