Bulletin of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Chinese Version)


collective action; rural commons; science and technology progress; institutional innovation; rural governance

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It is of great significance to promote agricultural supply-side reform through science and technology progress. This paper introduces the perspective of collective action, to provide enlightenments for understanding how to promote agricultural technological progress. The decline of collective action in rural commons governance and public goods provision is a major obstacle for technological progress, especially for the diffusion of collective technology. The dilemma of rural collective action can be attributed to ten factors. Meanwhile, there are four major factors conducive to rural collective action. To break the rural collective action dilemma and accelerate agricultural technological progress, it is necessary to enhance the capacity of rural collective action adopting an overall perspective. The policy implications of this analysis include the follows:empowering grassroots autonomy, governance capacity and the construction of public service system; developing actively professional services of agricultural production and rural cooperation governance; promoting the E-commerce and E-government in rural areas; strengthening the construction of rural culture, democracy and the rule of law; deepening the reform of rural collective property rights system, and enhancing institutional innovation in accordance with local conditions.

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