About this book
This book investigates how NGOs in authoritarian states, such as China, craft accountability and legitimacy to ensure their survival. It explores this through the lens of child welfare organisations from 2007 to 2017. The authors provide a fresh approach to accountability that is more attuned to the particular conditions of authoritarianism. The project explores the effects of power relations in shaping the hierarchies of accountability and participation that emerge and the attention given to different voices such as those of donor, government, and users. Essential reading for researchers and policy makers interested in development, NGO, social policy, political science, and child welfare studies.
Jude Howell is Professor in the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom.
Xiaoyuan Shang is Professor at Beijing Normal University, China and Associate Professor at University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia.
Karen R Fisher is Professor in the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia.
- Book Title NGOs and Accountability in China
- Book Subtitle Child Welfare Organisations
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-90221-0
- Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
- Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
- eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies Political Science and International Studies (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-90220-3
- Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07966-6
- eBook ISBN 978-3-319-90221-0
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XV, 227
- Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
Development and Children
Development and Social Change
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“A unique exploration of the daring, complex and difficult politics of non- state institutions which are developing for the welfare of disadvantaged children in China. All under the watchful gaze of the Chinese state and its Communist Party. Gordon White would have been proud of his legacy!” (Barbara Harriss-White, FAcSS, Emeritus Professor of Development Studies, Oxford University, and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, UK)
“This book is a refreshing and excellent re-examination of accountability for NGOs, which has long been poorly understood and theorised. The case-studies of child welfare NGOs give an important insight into NGO life in China and resonate with the experiences of NGOs under increasing attack in the West and elsewhere. This book is a must read for political scientists, researchers of NGOs and accountability, and development studies.” (Patrick Kilby, Senior Lecturer, Australia National University, Australia)
“Xiaoyuan Shang and Karen Fisher are international leaders in the field of China’s child welfare systems. Their work has shone a light on issues relating to orphaned and disabled children as well as children who have experienced abuse and disadvantage. This book with Jude Howell, a leading expert on civil society, continues their important research, informing those in policy, academia and readers interested in this vital, and under-discussed part of Chinese society.” (Jane Hutcheon, author, China Baby Love)
“This book provides an excellent theoretical analysis of NGOs’ accountability and legitimacy in China, building upon extensive field work with child welfare organizations in China. It will be very helpful for readers outside China in understanding the contextual dynamics of NGO development in China, and for Chinese readers in introducing them to different theoretical perspectives on the issues of NGO development, child welfare and social policy in China.” (Xinping Guan, Professor, Nankai University, China)