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Gordon White, Jude A. Howell, and Shang Xiaoyuan

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198289562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289562.001.0001

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The Rise of New-Style Social Organizations at the National Level

The Rise of New-Style Social Organizations at the National Level

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In Search of Civil Society

Gordon White

Jude Howell

Shang Xiaoyuan

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an overview of the emergence and character of the new social organizations. It describes the policies and regulations that have conditioned their emergence at both national and local levels, distinguishes the various types of association, and explains the differences between national and local-level organizations. The chapter provides detailed case-studies of various types of associations, examines the different functions of these new organizations, and explores how their operation reflects different sets of motives on the part of both state agencies and socio-economic groups. It concludes by identifying their distinctive character as ‘hybrid’ or ‘dualist’ institutions, which are closer to a corporatist notion of associational behaviour than one based on the idea of ‘civil society’.

Keywords:   social organizations, national-level organizations, local-level organizations, associations, socio-economic groups, dualist institution, hybrid institution, civil society

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