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Governance Structure of Chinese Farmer Cooperatives: Evidence From Zhejiang Province

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  • Qiao Liang
  • George Hendrikse
  • Zuhui Huang
  • Xuchu Xu

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ABSTRACT The governance of farmer cooperatives in China is addressed regarding democratic decision‐making procedures, participation in decision making, member exit, and profit allocation. Empirical results from a survey of fruit and vegetable cooperatives in the Zhejiang province (China) indicate that the distribution of ownership rights, decision rights, and income rights in a farmer cooperative is quite skewed towards a small proportion of members. Several governance practices by cooperatives are not in line with the requirements specified by the Law. [EconLit classification; D210; Q130].

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  • Qiao Liang & George Hendrikse & Zuhui Huang & Xuchu Xu, 2015. "Governance Structure of Chinese Farmer Cooperatives: Evidence From Zhejiang Province," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 31(2), pages 198-214, April.
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