Politics and International Relations
Facing mounting social problems, such as rapid urbanization, food safety, environmental pollution, ageing population, and so on, Chinese government has made efforts to strengthen public service provision. These efforts include providing resources to service-oriented social organizations, tackling issue problems exposed by the internet and social media, amending laws that empower the non-governmental actors, and reforming policies to take care of vulnerable social groups. At the same time, public expression of discontent and resistance that challenge the Party leadership continue to be repressed by the state. To what extent do new approaches of social governance affect state-society relations in China? The panel seeks to deepen the discussions centering on this question by examining pattern of internet discursive resistance, state’s penetration in urban social construction, reforms of corporatist-style organizations and NGOs’ impact on environmental lawmaking.