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Water 2018, 10(9), 1252; https://doi.org/10.3390/w10091252

Investigating the Effects of Social Trust and Perceived Organizational Support on Irrigation Management Performance in Rural China

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College of Economics and Management, Northwest A&F University, No. 3 Taicheng Road, Yangling 712100, China
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Department of Economics and Management, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 27, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
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Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Agricultural University of Athens, Iera Odos 75, 118 55 Athens, Greece
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Received: 19 July 2018 / Revised: 30 August 2018 / Accepted: 10 September 2018 / Published: 14 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Water Resources Management and Governance)
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Abstract

Understanding the factors affecting irrigation management performance is crucial for sustainable resource use, especially with the decentralized management mode of irrigation systems being implemented in rural China. This paper contributes to the research field by incorporating different categories of social trust and perceived organization support (POS) into the analysis of irrigation management performance, by linking multiple elements that are based on the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework. We employed principal component analysis (PCA) and ordered probit regression to analyze a database covering 785 households in the upstream of the Yellow River basin. The results suggested that social trust and POS positively affected the irrigation management performance, and social trust strengthened the positive effect of POS on the performance. Furthermore, the results indicated that personal trust and institutional trust, as well as perceived emotional support and physical support, positively affected the performance. In addition, we also found that household characteristics, household cognition, group characteristics, physical conditions, and rules-in-use also had significant impact on the performance. This paper can be used to inform the government that social trust and POS need to be considered in the common-pool resources (CPRs) management. View Full-Text
Keywords: social trust; perceived organizational support; irrigation management performance; Institutional Analysis and Development framework; Yellow River basin; ordered probit social trust; perceived organizational support; irrigation management performance; Institutional Analysis and Development framework; Yellow River basin; ordered probit
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Yang, L.; Rezitis, A.; Zhu, Y.; Ren, Y. Investigating the Effects of Social Trust and Perceived Organizational Support on Irrigation Management Performance in Rural China. Water 2018, 10, 1252.

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