Agricultural Co-operatives in China

Li Zhao

in The Oxford Handbook of Mutual, Co-Operative, and Co-Owned Business

Published in print March 2017 | ISBN: 9780199684977
Published online November 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191803864 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Agricultural Co-operatives in China

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Co-operatives have played a significant role in the agricultural sector in China, particularly since the promulgation of a first national co-operative law in 2007. This chapter offers an analysis of the evolution, diversity, and dynamics of agricultural co-operatives in contemporary China and the institutional environments in which the development of these organizations took place. A multi-dimensional typology of co-operatives is proposed in order to provide a framework of analysis. This analysis enables one to understand the diversified driving forces, the operational patterns, and the organizational missions of agricultural co-operatives in China. The significant contributions provided by each type of co-operative to poverty reduction, work integration, and local community development is emphasized. The chapter concludes with a discussion on the challenges and opportunities for Chinese co-operatives’ future development.

Keywords: agricultural co-operative; China; evolution; diversity; dynamics; institutional environment; driving force; operational pattern; organizational mission

Article.  5745 words. 

Subjects: Business Strategy ; International Business

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