Title

Negotiating service activism in China : the impact of NGOs’ institutional embeddedness in the local state

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Contemporary China

Publication Date

1-15-2018

Volume

Advance online publication

Publisher

Routledge

Abstract

The rise of government procurement has transformed the associational landscape in China. In many localities, local states have launched procurement programs to collaborate with NGOs, which in turn provide social services to community residents. While it has been argued that government funding shapes NGOs into compliant service providers, this article contends that state-funded NGOs are able to engage in advocacy through service delivery, a strategy known as ‘service activism’. By examining three NGOs in Guangdong Province, this article argues that NGOs’ success in service activism is determined by their degree of institutional embeddedness in the local state and the nature of their advocacy strategies. While both strongly or weakly embedded relationships can weaken the impact of advocacy, progressive strategies in sensitive issue areas can weaken collaboration and draw repression.

DOI

10.1080/10670564.2018.1410976

Print ISSN

10670564

E-ISSN

14699400

Funding Information

This research was made possible through generous funding support from the Swire Charitable Trust.

Publisher Statement

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Recommended Citation

Yuen, S. (2018). Negotiating service activism in China: The impact of NGOs’ institutional embeddedness in the local state. Journal of Contemporary China. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10670564.2018.1410976

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