Non-History of Civil Society in China - If you don’t build it, they won’t come
This is the second post in the series on civil society in China.
We took the Chinese government officials to a city council meeting in Evanston, IL, a town of about 70,000 people adjacent to Chicago and on Lake Michigan. The students watched … meeting discussions were about citizen involvement and relations with other suburbs and the federal government. The students later met with the city manager. The questions came fast and furious … who elects the city manager? Why is the mayor just a ceremonial post? Is the mayor just the party leader?
Then we got into the surreal. The city is a corporation? Can sue and be sued? How can you sue a government? You sue other governments?