`well-researched and conceptually well-framed book. ... White,
Howell and Shang have produced a valuable empirical study that will
provide a benchmark for future studies of the ongoing
transformation of Chinese organizations.'
the China Journal, issue no.38, July 1997
`This book, based on careful document surveys and well-organized fieldwork, is the first systematic examination of associational life in China that has ever appeared in English ... an indispensable reference for anyone interested in gaining a profound insight into state-society relations, in China in particular, and in transitional Communism in general. It will provide scholars with much valuable empirical information conducive to further theoretical
inquiry in the field of Communist and post-Communist studies.'
`Anyone interested in the phenomenon of new social organisations, the changes within mass organisations and the interaction between intermediate organisations and the state will find this volume valuable reading.'
...an excellent book on social organization and associational life in China. - Flemming Christiansen. Political Studies Association. 1998.