Private Entrepreneurs in China and Vietnam: Social and Political Functioning of Strategic Groups

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Brill, 2003 - Architecture - 398 pages
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With this book, Thomas Heberer has written the first in-depth analysis of "entrepreneurs" in China and Vietnam. Key question raised is the role played by entrepreneurs in the process of the recent astonishing political and economic change. Based on a survey among several hundreds of these entrepreneurs, the author convincingly argues that this strategic group has a strong desire for a true say in political decision making. As a body, a strategic group, they have indeed through various means come to exercise an important function in political development and change. It so becomes clear that over the past decades private entrepreneurs have grown into a primary leading, definitely distinct social group in terms of income and social status with considerable influence on all levels of society.

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Thomas Heberer, Ph.D. (1977) in Social Sciences, University of Bremen, is Professor of Political Science and East Asian Studies at Gerhard-Mercator University, Duisburg and is currently Director of the Institute of Political Science. He has worked and lived in China for many years and conducts regularly field work in China. He has published extensively on various issues of social and political change in China and Vietnam, nationalities issues, corruption, and private sector development.