Collective Action for Small-scale Irrigation Facilities in Northwest Rural China

Promotie

Collective Action for Small-scale Irrigation Facilities in Northwest Rural China

Promovendus Shanshan S (Shanshan) Miao MSc
Promotor prof.dr. WJM (Wim) Heijman
dr. X (Xueqin) Zhu
Organisatie Wageningen University, Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS), Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy
Datum

di 2 juli 2019 16:00 tot 17:30

Locatie Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592

Summary

We mainly study the initiation and management of small-scale irrigation facilities collective action in Northwest China. First, socio-economic heterogeneity imposes obstacles for initiating collective action in the form of attitude-behaviour paradox. We explore how to overcome this in order to make collective action successful. Social capital has been recognized as a key factor in the realisation of collective action. Then, we study the relationship between social capital components and farmers’ participative behaviour. Furthermore, economic heterogeneity would influence farmers’ motivation to participate in collective action. We examine whether relationships between social capital components and farmers’ willingness to cooperate in collective action is moderated by farmers’ income levels. Finally, we also study how contrasting effects of the group size exerts on trust and control mechanisms in achieving farmers’ participation degree and cooperative performance in commons governance.