No. 46 (2002) : Strategische Gruppen und Staatskapazität: Das Beispiel der Privatunternehmer in China
This paper at first addresses the concept of strategic groups and the interests of those groups.
Hereafter, it will identify their transformational and strategic potentials.
Finally, it will discuss in which manner entrepreneurs impact upon state capacity. Its concern is not the question how reforms alter state capacity, but rather in which way one group of actors (in this case private entrepreneurs) contributes to this process of change.
Unless we do understand the role of social actors in terms of changing state capacity, we will not be able to sketch out in which manner the state is changing.
The hypothesis that will have to be verified is whether or not the strategic groups of entrepreneurs contribute significantly to the alteration of the structures and capacity of the state. The entrepreneurs' strategy is interest-led as they act in the interest of realizing their expectations.
This does not mean that thus the political system is fundamentally put into question or weakened. Furthermore, entrepreneurs on the one hand contribute to the reinforcement of state capacity, on the other hand they make efforts to steer it in a certain direction. Before drawing any conclusion on entrepreneurs impact on state capacity the paper will examine the goals and the transformational potential of the strategic groups of entrepreneurs.
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