Mass and grassroots organisations are not part of the official political structure of the Chinese Party-state, yet they have been operating as key actors serving the interests of the Party-state while interacting with ordinary citizens in various ways since the early years of the PRC. By studying these organisation’s intermediary status and role in the XXIst century, this special issue of China Perspectives reveals their importance in the political system – as mediators, social service providers, administrative staff – and analyses recent reforms of these organisations under the Xi government.
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The French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC) is a public research institute, funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). Its mission is to study the political, economic, social, and cultural developments in Greater China. Established in 1991, the Centre is based in Hong Kong, with an office in Taipei since 1994 and in Beijing since 2014. The CEFC publishes China Perspectives, a quarterly academic journal established in 1995 and devoted to all aspects of the study of contemporary China. Each issue presents a special feature, guest edited by an internationally recognised specialist. China Perspectives welcomes submissions of individual papers or special issues on any topic related to contemporary China.