Allen Carlson, Cornell University
"This book dissects three types of social organizations by issue area and shows how they survive by working with, rather than against, central and local governments. Its innovative comparative analysis offers a dispassionate and refreshing perspective on both the limits and creative adaptability of China's many civic groups and their leaders. This is one of the most incisive books on this topic ever written."
Guobin Yang, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
"This is an outstanding study, highly recommended for a wide variety of audiences. For China scholars, the book provides valuable and original primary data on various kinds of social organizations within the PRC; for specialists in comparative politics, it sheds new light on the persistence of authoritarian rule and the role of civil society; for students of social movements, it lays out a clear, useful and novel framework for understanding "opportunity structures"; for new researchers, it includes a detailed discussion of data collection and research methodology; and for practitioners, it reveals important and often counter-intuitive information regarding the specific and nuanced ways in which foreign funding can have both good and ill effects. The book is a pleasure to read, from start to finish. It is carefully researched, exceptionally well-organized, convincingly argued, and written in clear and engaging prose."
Teresa Wright, Pacific Affairs