Analysis of the growing trends of Chinese social organisations: The transformation from quantity to quality
By Wang Ming and Ding Jingjing 王名, 丁晶晶, Philanthropy Times 公益时报, October 15, 2013
The report from the 18th Party Congress included a series of important ideas relating to the construction of society. It proposed to “strengthen the construction of society whilst improving peoples welfare and innovating new management techniques”; to “accelerate the improvement of the social system”; and to “speed up the withdrawal of the state from social organisations, the clarification of rights and responsibilities, and the legal autonomy of social organisations”. This echoes the active exploration and energetic advance of innovative new social management practises that the central authorities have promoted across the regions in recent years. However it also provides a clear indication of the direction of the future reform and development of social organisations.
Since the beginning of the reform-era, and following the development of the market economy, a growing number of social organization have appeared in Chinese society. Since 2006, alongside the development and transformation of economy and society, the development of Chinese social organisations has exhibited many special features that are worthy of paying close attention to. They are illustrative of a new phase in history and the arrival at a higher plane of reform and development.
In summary, following the separation from the state, the clearer delineation of power and responsibility, and the steady advance of legal autonomy, a modern system of social organisations will be constructed and perfected. This will include supervisory bodies, a supportive and co-operative system, and a governance organisation. The reform and development of Chinese social organizations will inevitably display unprecedented power, and it is possible to foresee that a surge in their development must surely arrive.
Summary by Tom Bannister. See Article for full text. (Chinese)