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

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BRILL, Jan 1, 2003 - Political Science - 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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Contents

Privatization processes in China and Vietnam precondition for
11
Entrepreneurs as new economic and social actors
45
class middle strata or strategic
60
THE EMPIRICAL WORK THE PROFILE OF THE STRATEGIC
77
Texture Differentiation and Strategic Capital
104
Relations with local government
169
Cognitive patterns interests and preferences
229
Political and participative basic attitudes
285
THEORETICAL IMPLICATIONS AND CONCLUSIONS
313
The transformative potential of entrepreneurs as the precondition
323
Entrepreneurs as social group
330
Entrepreneurs as a strategic group
340
REFERENCES
365
INDEX
391
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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.