• Jude Howell
  • Xiaoyuan Shang
  • Karen R. Fisher


Chapter eight brings together the key findings of the research, relating these back to the research questions laid out in the introduction. It considers the process of making accountability in child welfare organisations in China to enhance legitimacy and secure organisational survival. It analyses how this process shapes the multidimensionality of accountability and reinforces the power relations underpinning this, leading to certain types of accountability being prioritized over others. It reflects on how institutions change in the authoritarian context of China, and specifically how NGOs can capitalise on state institutional change to advance their own positions. The chapter discusses the generalisability of the research findings and reflects on the broader theoretical, methodological and policy implications. It finishes by outlining a path for future research.


State Institutional change Accountability Legitimacy Power relations Child welfare NGOs 


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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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