Qian Wei, "The Governance of Philanthropic Foundations in Authoritarian China" (Routledge, 2022)


Chinese philanthropic foundations navigate a uniquely challenging terrain shaped by authoritarian governance. The Governance of Philanthropic Foundations in Authoritarian China: A Power Perspective (Routledge, 2022) examines these complexities, delivering a novel multilevel analysis of the power dynamics that underpin the governance of nonprofit organizations within an authoritarian context.

Chinese philanthropic foundations, with their distinct democratic culture, grapple with a unique set of challenges. The government’s evolving methods of control often lead to stringent regulations that limit the foundations’ autonomy. Foundations that heavily rely on individual donations are particularly vulnerable to these pressures, potentially transforming into conduits of authoritarianism rather than champions of democratic values.

This book offers a comprehensive and, at times, bleak picture of the conditions under which Chinese foundations operate, offering critical insights into the future trajectory of the nonprofit sector in China.

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