By Robert Weller
Lecturers and coverage makers have grown more and more drawn to the ways in which non-governmental enterprises (NGOs) may perhaps inspire larger governance, democratic politics, and maybe eventually a world civil society. In Civil Life, Globalization and Political swap in Asia, Robert Weller has introduced jointly a world workforce of specialists at the topic, whose chapters deal with those questions via a sequence of intensive case reports from East and Southeast Asia together with Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam.
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First, limited social and economic pluralism (though without political pluralism) has emerged, especially with the phenomenal growth of the second economy. Second, though the guiding ideology still at least ofﬁcially exists, the commitment to utopia has weakened: “socialism with Chinese characteristics,” “primitive stage of socialism,” and the paradoxical “market socialism” are examples of how doctrinal Marxism has been diluted. Third, only sporadic mobilizations have been launched to achieve a minimum degree of conformity and compliance with the official agenda: boredom, withdrawal, and ultimately privatization of the population’s values have become accepted facts.
The first and second types are usually called “GONGOs,” for government-organized nongovernmental organizations (White et al. 1996: 112), while the third type is closest to the Western idea of an NGO. Using this 20 percent ﬁgure as a yardstick, we estimate that in 2000 approximately 26,000 registered social organizations in China could be considered authentic NGOs in the Western sense. Friends of Nature (FON), established in 1994 by the historian Liang Congjie, is one such group. This NGO focuses on environmental education and habitat– wildlife conservation and has developed and published a primer of environmental readings for schoolchildren and organizes field trips and summer camps.
1–33. P. ” Past and Present, 50 (1971): 76–136. Watson, James L. ” In Golden Arches East: McDonald’s in East Asia, edited by James L. Watson. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1997, pp. 1–38. Weller, Robert P. Alternate Civilities: Democracy and Culture in China and Taiwan. Boulder, CO: Westview, 1999. 2 The development of NGOs under a post-totalitarian regime The case of China Kin-man Chan Introduction China’s economic reforms since the late 1970s have not only dramatically changed its economic structure by expanding the scope of markets and private ownership, but have also had major impacts on the social and political arenas, changing it from a totalitarian to a post-totalitarian regime (Linz and Stepan 1996: 44–5).
Civil Society, Globalization and Political Change in Asia: Organizing Between Family and State (Politics in Asia Series) by Robert Weller