Chinese Theories of Civil Society

  • Baogang He


This chapter studies the ideas of civil society and their democratic implications in China. It focuses on the profound and radical conceptual transformation of the idea of civil society since 1986 in China, which demonstrates the reception of the Western notion of civil society by Chinese intellectuals.1 It has two tasks. The first describes and explains the emergence and transformation of ideas of civil society as the result of Chinese writers using the concept for various political purposes. The second task is to provide an analysis of the democratic implications and political innovations associated with the ideas of civil society.


Civil Society Political Society Chinese Translation Liberal Idea Chinese Writer 
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© Baogang He 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Baogang He
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of TasmaniaHobartAustralia

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