Opening the Space: New Developments for China's Community Organizations
38 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2010 Last revised: 27 May 2010
Date Written: 2010
This paper discusses new developments with regard to the regulation of civil society organizations in China that reflect local experiments to eliminate the dual management requirement in a variety of different ways. After a description of how dual management works in Part II and an historical look at the ways in which the CCP and the government bureaucracy had indicated their interest in the problem in Part III, the practical solutions are discussed in Part IV. These include a modified dual management system for small community civic organizations (CCOs), a documentation system, and a system of registration and management by the local Civil Affairs department. Other recent developments are discussed in Part V, including the use of “NGO incubators,” which are supported by local government, foreign funding, and local business people alike. Concluding with the note that there may be some difficulties in scaling all of this up to the national level, the paper suggests that additional study of cases is warranted to identify concrete issues; this study is expected to be conducted in China during summer 2010.
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