Liberal scholars attribute an essential role to nonprofit organizations (npos) in the process of democratization, due to their roles in raising public awareness and supervising the hegemony of the state. Nevertheless, the current literature has yet to pay sufficient attention to the ways in which governments respond to the dynamics of power. As argued in public rational choice theory, the government is a self-benefit maximizing bureaucrat that spares no effort to adopt various strategies aimed at keeping society under control. We have studied this postulation by comparing the two contrasting civil societies of China and the Netherlands. Results from our investigation of campaigning npos from China and the Netherlands confirm that states tend to apply a range of strategies (e.g., political restrictions and financial instruments) in order to assimilate npos into the developmental planning of the government (e.g., by stimulating the economic functions of npos while weakening their democratic functions in intangible ways).
KortenD.C.PaulS. & IsraelA.The role of Nongovernmental organizations in development: Changing patterns and perspectivesNongovernmental Organizations and The World Bank: cooperation for development1991Washington D.C.The World Bank2043
KortenD.C.PaulS.IsraelA.The role of Nongovernmental organizations in development: Changing patterns and perspectives
Nongovernmental Organizations and The World Bank: cooperation for development
1991Washington D.C.The World Bank2043)| false
NeelenG.H.J.M.Principal-agent relations in non-profit organizations: A comparative analysis of housing associations and municipal housing companies in The Netherlands1993EnschedeTwente University
Principal-agent relations in non-profit organizations: A comparative analysis of housing associations and municipal housing companies in The Netherlands
1993EnschedeTwente University)| false