The politics of services subcontracting to NGOs in China

Current project

The project will investigate how, why and with what consequences, the Chinese government formally procures welfare services from NGOs. The 2012 Ministry of Civil Affairs’ amendment to the restrictive regulatory framework made it easier for NGOs to register, and the government sought to promote the development of a non-governmental sector of welfare provision that could address the shortage of provider capacity to deal with ever-burgeoning welfare needs. Objectives of the research are to:

  • Develop conceptualisation of emerging models of sub-contracting and of NGO-state relations and to advance theoretical understanding of welfare-state building and civil society development in China
  • Collect and analyse the specific legislation, policies and contractual rules governing the procurement of welfare services from NGOs in China at national and sub-national levels, and information about the areas of debate and contestation in their design and implementation
  • Generate and analyse original empirical data on the incentives for government officials and NGOs at sub-national level to engage in services delivery contracts, on the effects of this on services provision and on the dynamics of NGO-state relations, and 
  • Highlight examples of best practice that can inform policy development in China and other contexts (at the policy and practical level).

Funding Agency:    

ESRC (Economic & Social Research Council)

Non-Staff Involved:    

Jude Howell, Regina Enjuto-Martinez (London School of Economics and Political Science); Hans Jørgen Gåsemy (University in Bergen)

Partners / Collaborators:

London School of Economics and Political Science

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