Holly Snape is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Peking University’s School of Government. Her PhD, from the University of Bristol, focussed on grassroots NGOs and state-society relationship in China and was carried out at Tsinghua University’s NGO Research Center. Her current research focuses on political discourse, and the Chinese Communist Party’s relationship to government and society.

Painting in Grey and Permeating Gaps: Changing the Space for Chinese NGOs

‘Speak this clearly: the development goal for Chinese society is a Marxist social community; it is not a Western civil society of state-society opposition.’ This comes from a recent article originally published on the public WeChat account of a central academy (CPPCC Daily 2019). The academy is charged with training people from the ‘democratic parties’, […]

China’s Social Organisations after the Charity Law

The passage of the Charity Law has made the legal environment for charities in China more complex. The new Law does represent an initial breakthrough in the transformation of the regulatory system for social organising. However, it does not equalise the rules for all Chinese non-profit organisations and, crucially, it does not provide a basic law applicable to all types of non-profit entities. Why does this matter?

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