China’s First Charity Law and its Implications for Civil Society
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With the passage of China’s first Charity Law in March 2016, Chinese nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) entered a new and unprecedented era of legal regulation, one that dramatically transformed the formal rules governing state-civil society relations. This talk will highlight problems experienced under earlier regulations and outline some major features of the new law. Drawing on grassroots NGO responses to the law’s initial public drafts, Dr Spires will analyse gaps between NGO leaders’ understanding of their work and several of the law’s key provisions, revealing civil society’s skepticism and pessimism about prospects for change. The talk concludes by considering the law’s likely implications for civil society development in China.
Dr Anthony Spires, Deputy Director, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies
Dr Anthony Spires
Deputy Director, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies
University of Melbourne
Anthony J. Spires joined the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies as Deputy Director and senior lecturer in January 2018. Prior to coming to the University of Melbourne, he held positions at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and as Director of the Centre for Social Innovation Studies. His research focuses on the development of civil society in China, including philanthropy, governmental regulation, and the cultures of nonprofit organizations. He recently served as a Consulting Editor for The American Journal of Sociology and is a frequent reviewer for other academic publications and presses. His research has appeared in The China Journal, China Quarterly, China Information, Journal of Civil Society, and The American Journal of Sociology. A graduate of Occidental College, Anthony holds a PhD in Sociology from Yale University. He is currently working on a book about democratic culture, voluntary associations, and civil society in China. More information about his work can be found here.