Political opportunities, resource constraints and policy advocacy of environmental Ngos in China

Xueyong Zhan, Shui Yan Tang

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Drawing on political opportunity and resource dependency theories, this paper traces the development of 28 environmental NGOs (eNGOs) in China and examines the political and institutional factors that have constrained or facilitated these organizations' policy advocacy activities. The paper shows that political structural changes have created greater opportunities for eNGOs' policy advocacy, and eNGOs with better financial resources and connections to the party-state system are more capable of utilizing these opportunities to enhance their policy advocacy capacity. Yet party-state connections may in turn constrain the types of policy advocacy pursued by these eNGOs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-399
Number of pages19
JournalPublic Administration
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

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