China’s farms,peasants’ atomization,social capital,institutional changes

Government Failure, Poverty of Social Capital, and the Atomization of China’s Rural Villages

  Since the beginning of the new century, with the implementation of the policy of developing new socialist rural areas, the Chinese peasants’ narrow-mindedness, passiveness and reluctance to collaborate have become one of the most often discussed issues in China concerning the backwardness of rural villages.  These features, regarded by many Chinese scholars as the syndrome of rural village atomization, have been designated as the major factors contributing to the slow development of peasants’ organizations since 2005, as well as the basis for the rationale to strengthen state intervention

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