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In Search of Civil SocietyMarket Reform and Social Change in Contemporary China$
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Gordon White, Jude A. Howell, and Shang Xiaoyuan

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198289562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289562.001.0001

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Social Organizations in the Cities: The Rise of Urban Corporatism

Social Organizations in the Cities: The Rise of Urban Corporatism

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(p.128) 6 Social Organizations in the Cities: The Rise of Urban Corporatism
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In Search of Civil Society
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Gordon White

Jude Howell

Shang Xiaoyuan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289562.003.0006

This chapter examines the emergence of the new social organizations and their role in the urban context, based on case studies of one large, heavy-industrial city — Shenyang in the north-eastern province of Liaoning — and one medium-sized, light-industrial city: Nantong in the central/coastal province of Jiangsu. It determines whether there are regional variations in the development of social organizations; to what extent the establishment of the new-style social organizations represents local interests and objectives as opposed to being merely a reaction to initiatives from the Centre; and what are the relative roles played by social interests ‘from below’ and local state agencies ‘from above’ in their formation and functioning. The chapter examines whether or not a form of ‘local corporatism’ is being consciously developed in these and other cities as part of a wider strategy of local development.

Keywords:   social organizations, Shenyang, Nantong, local corporatism, cities, local development

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