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The Development Of Civil Organizations And The Road To Civil Society In China

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In the 30 years since the start of the Reform and Opening, civil organizations have been a unique and pervasive phenomenon. Born of the Reform and Opening, civil organizations have flourished in the waves of marketization and led citizens of this great nation to join hands in myriad ways in building, amidst transformation, a harmonious society of democracy, freedom, and universal love. This chapter defines and classifies civil organizations, identifies two major periods in their development, and uses system reforms, the public sphere and collective action as vantage points to analyze their development and shifts in China's social foundations and systems. It finishes with a discussion of potential developments in China's continually evolving civil society.

Keywords: China; civil organizations; civil society



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