Civil society, acting under a centralized regime Written by Tom Fries on June 3, 2011. Published in Learning to share on Asia. The Economist recently published a brief article on the Chinese government and nascent civil society: “a work in progress”. Read more Tags: Civil Society, CSO, democracy, global civil society, Good Governance, human rights, NGOs Tom Fries Erstwhile neuroscientist ('97-'00), rowing coach ('99-'10), business student ('07-'09) and cupcake entrepreneur ('09). Now enjoying international work in the Germany and Washington offices of one of Germany's most prominent think tanks.