Civil Society Participation in Local Governance: Outsourcing Migrant Education in Shanghai

  • Jessica C. Teets


Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the state-society models of state-led civil society or corporatism have dominated the academic discourse on Chinese state-society relations and determined a hierarchal relationship between the state and society (Unger and Chan 1995; Brook 1997; Saich 2000; Ding 1994; Chamberlain 1998). Recently, this discourse has started changing in response to the studies of new state-society relationships that challenge this model, such as Lily Tsai s analysis of rural governance and Andrew Mertha’s investigation of environmental activists (L. Tsai 2007; Mertha 2008; Howell 2004; Saich 2004; Kennedy 2005; K. Tsai 2007). The relationships between and among central government, local government, private business associations, civil society groups, and federations such as the Women’s Federation are increasingly more nuanced and complex, reflecting rising social complexity and pluralism inherent in the dual processes of economic modernization and urbanization. In this chapter, I analyze a new state-society model in China—government contracting of public goods provision to the private sector.


Public Good Civil Society Migrant Child Public Good Provision Private Entity 
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