Journal of Chinese Political Science

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 691–692 | Cite as

Jennifer Hsu, State of Exchange: Migrant NGOs and the Chinese State

(Vancouver: UBC Press, 2017), 228p. $65.00 hardcover; $52.22 kindle
  • Diana Fu
Book Review

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) serving migrant workers have existed since the 1990s, and have championed the rights of arguably the largest disadvantaged population in China. In this timely book, Hsu studies an impressive array of migrant NGOs in Beijing and Shanghai that have not only survived but also thrived through cooperating with the local state. This book is highly relevant for anyone seeking to understand state-civil society relations in China and the state of migrant NGOs in the Hu Jintao era. Hsu’s findings of cooperation between grassroots organizations and local states dovetail with recent scholarship suggesting that mutually beneficial relationships can arise between cash-strapped local states and innovative social organizations in China.

Hsu takes this analysis further by comparing Shanghai and Beijing migrant organizations in terms of each type of cooperation. For instance, she finds that the municipal government in Beijing tends to “recognize and award” NGOs...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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