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Alliance Building among Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations in China: The Emergence and Evolution of the Zero Waste Alliance

Autor(en)
Jian Lu, Heinz Christoph Steinhardt
Abstrakt

Despite the Chinese state’s long-standing wariness of strong horizontal linkages among nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and a deteriorating political climate for civil society activism, cross-regional alliances among NGOs have become a persistent phenomenon in recent years. This article draws on the case of the Zero Waste Alliance—a nationwide coalition of environmental NGOs engaged in waste-related matters—to identify structural conditions that encouraged its emergence and illuminate how alliance builders have interpreted their environment. The article argues that developments internal to the environmental NGO sector (an increased need to pool scarce resources and professional knowledge, a stronger inclination to collaborate among a new generation of NGO leaders, and the formation of epistemic communities), combined with conditional state lenience, have propelled activists to embark on a strategy of alliance building. This case illustrates how the perceived boundary of the permissible shifts when structural conditions incentivize entrepreneurial activists to explore new strategies, and these attempts do not provoke repressive responses. It also highlights that the state has remained conditionally tolerant of boundary-pushing NGO behavior in a sector aligning with its interests, while strengthening political control over civil society.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften
Externe Organisation(en)
China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL)
Journal
Modern China
Band
48
Seiten
105-133
Anzahl der Seiten
29
ISSN
0097-7004
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1177/0097700420956250
Publikationsdatum
01-2022
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
504023 Politische Soziologie, 506014 Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft, 602045 Sinologie
Schlagwörter
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Geography, Planning and Development, History, Sociology and Political Science
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https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/alliance-building-among-environmental-nongovernmental-organizations-in-china-the-emergence-and-evolution-of-the-zero-waste-alliance(6b560c24-5757-49cc-98ef-519136d6f5b4).html