Resources Science ›› 2020, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (5): 812-824.doi: 10.18402/resci.2020.05.02

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Polycentric governance of government-led ecological compensation: Based on the perspective of farmers’ social network

Haijiang CHEN1, Wei SI2(), Zeqi LIU2, Chaozhu LI3, Yanyan ZHANG4   

  1. 1. Business College, Shaoxing University, Shaoxing 312000, China;
    2. College of Economics and Management, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100083, China;
    3. Jiyang College of Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University, Shaoxing 311800, China;
    4. College of Public Economics and Management, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai 200433, China
  • Received:2019-08-20 Revised:2020-03-29 Online:2020-05-25 Published:2020-07-25
  • Contact: Wei SI


Government-led ecological compensation has a single source of funding, therefore, the ecological services provided by the projects are usually synchronized with the policy cycle, and has poor sustainability. This paper aims to improve the sustainability of ecological services in such ecological compensation projects, and takes grain-bean rotation subsidy, a government-led ecological compensation, as an example.Based on the polycentric governance theory, Dual Probit model and Bivariate Probit model, this paper studied the influence of social network on farmers' crop rotation decision, and explored the path to realize polycentric governance of government-led ecological compensation project. The results show that: (1) Kin social network significantly promoted the adoption of grain-bean rotation technology by the farmers, while friend social network had no significant influence on the adoption of grain-bean rotation technology by the farmers. (2) The kin social network can help farmers to transform their willingness to practice grain-bean rotation into specific behaviors. Based on the above two points, it can be concluded that kin social network can be another mechanism besides government compensation to promote grain-bean rotation among farmers. The research result supports that government-led ecological compensation projects can adopt the polycentric governance model of government compensation + autonomous governance (social network). This has certain policy implications for improving the sustainability of the ecological services of the current grain-bean rotation subsidy projects in the Yangtze River Basin and the Huang-Huai-Hai Region, as well as certain reference significance for other government-led ecological compensation projects in the future.

Key words: social network, polycentric governance, ecological compensation, government-led, grain-bean rotation, sustainability