Contracting Out Social Services and the Development of Non-governmental Organizations in China

Chak Kwan CHAN*, Xue LIU

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Contracting out social services has become China’s main approach to deliver social services. This chapter critically analyses the advantages and disadvantages of China’s contracting practices on its non-governmental organisations. As a result of China’s contracting policy, more NGOs have established and are providing more services. On the other hand, NGOs have to do extra work not listed in the service contracts because local governments are treating them as official agents. Moreover, NGOs trend to focus on providing services instead of engaging in human rights issues for fearing of reducing chances in securing government contracts. Under the contracting social services policy, the Chinese government is able to enhance the welfare contributions of NGOs but limits their political activities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCities and Social Governance Reforms : Greater Bay Area Development Experiences
EditorsKa Ho MOK
PublisherSpringer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)9789811695315
ISBN (Print)9789811695308
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2022

Publication series

NameSocial Policy and Development Studies in East Asia book series (SPDSEA)
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


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