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

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004128576
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/30/2003
  • Series: China Studies Series, #4
  • Pages: 398
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Approach
1 China, Vietnam, Entrepreneurship and Social Change 1
2 Privatization processes in China and Vietnam - precondition for the emerging of new entrepreneurs 11
3 Entrepreneurs as new economic and social actors 45
4 Entrepreneurs as a social group: class, middle strata or strategic group? 60
Pt. 2 The Empirical Work: The Profile of the Strategic Group Entrepreneurs
1 Choice of the research localities, methodological procedures and frameworks in the regions studied 77
2 Texture, Differentiation and Strategic Capital 104
3 Relations with local government 169
4 Cognitive patterns, interests and preferences 229
5 Political and participative basic attitudes 285
Pt. 3 Theoretical Implications and Conclusions
1 Summary of the most important conclusions: Group profile of the entrepreneurs 313
2 The transformative potential of entrepreneurs as the precondition for strategy formation 323
3 Entrepreneurs as social group 330
4 Summary: Entrepreneurs as a "strategic group" 340
References 365
Index 391
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