Making Accountability—Liming Family

  • Jude Howell
  • Xiaoyuan Shang
  • Karen R. Fisher


Chapter four, the first of the four case-studies, examines the case of Liming Family, a religious-based, non-governmental child welfare organisation based in a rural county of Henan province. This case illustrates in depth the processes of making accountability to gain a national reputation, public trust and government confidence. Despite the difficulties of being a religious institution in a secular, authoritarian state, Liming Family was able to gain the confidence of local government and managed to operate for over thirty years without being able to register as a child welfare institution with the Civil Affairs Bureau. In 2013, it finally gained legal registration as a disability services organisation. The chapter draws attention to how it built a stock of accountability capital and how this shaped hierarchies of accountability.


Religion Accountability Disability services accountability capital 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jude Howell
    • 1
  • Xiaoyuan Shang
    • 2
  • Karen R. Fisher
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of International DevelopmentLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK
  2. 2.Social Policy Research CentreUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Social Policy Research CentreUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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