Setsuko Matsuzawa: Activating China: Local Actors, Foreign Influence, and State Response

Routledge, London and New York, 2019, 172 pp., index, $140.00, ISBN: 978-0-815-36034-6
  • Ming XieEmail author
Book Review

With the increasing power and influence of NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) sector in the international and transnational arenas, how international NGOs exercise their discourse and influence on various countries with specific context has been an urgent question to be addressed. Setsuko Matsuzawa is an associate professor of sociology at the College of Wooster, Ohio, USA. Her book probes the need for understanding the relational dynamics between foreign NGOs and local actors in the authoritarian regime of China.

The main aim of the book is to explore how foreign or International NGOs exercise their influence on China’s local landscape and the effects of transnational social and environmental advocacy in China since 1989. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in China and archival work in the USA, the author challenges the assumption that global forces shape local discourse and practices and highlight Chinese activists, researchers, and government officials’ entrepreneurial...


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© International Society for Third-Sector Research 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Public AdministrationUniversity of Nebraska at OmahaOmahaUSA

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