There is a growing gap between the extent of many of China's emerging social problems and the government's ability to address them. That gap can be partially bridged through philanthropy. The sector has grown tremendously during the last decade, but it still is small as a percentage of total social spending, and it reflects many of the pathologies of the broader socio-political environment. This presentation provides an overview of China's emerging philanthropic sector, with a special focus on corporate philanthropy. This project is part of the "Initiative on Philanthropy in China," which is being led by the Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and funded by the Henry Luce and Ford Foundations.
Scott Kennedy (Ph.D., George Washington University, 2002) is Director of the Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business (RCCPB), Associate Professor in the Departments of Political Science and East Asian Languages & Cultures, and Adjunct Professor in the Kelley School of Business's Department of Business Economics and Public Policy at Indiana University. His research focuses on economic policymaking and global governance. He is author of The Business of Lobbying in China (Harvard University Press, 2005); and editor of (with Shuaihua Cheng), From Rule Takers to Rule Makers: The Growing Role of Chinese in Global Governance (2012); Beyond the Middle Kingdom: Comparative Perspectives on China’s Capitalist Transformation (Stanford University Press, 2011); and China Cross Talk: The American Debate over China Policy since Normalization: A Reader (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). He has published articles in China Quarterly, China Journal, Journal of Contemporary China, China Economic Quarterly, Business and Society, Political Science Quarterly, World Policy Journal, and Problems of Post-Communism. He also writes a regular column for GKDragonomics on Chinese economic policy.