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The Rise of the Comprador Service Sector: The Politics of State Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe

Polish Sociological Review, Vol. 2, No. 162, pp. 175-189, 2008

15 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 2008  

Jan Drahokoupil

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES); European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Date Written: November 10, 2007

Abstract

State strategies in Central Europe have converged towards a distinctive form of the competition state. This article explains the moment of convergence and identifies the political support of the competition state by making three principal points. First, the internally oriented strategies were exhausted by the end of the nineties. Second, it took some time until the foreign investors became really active in the region. Third, the processes of state internationalization worked only when the structural opportunities and political possibilities of the moment allowed domestic groups linked to transnational capital - the comprador service sector - to come to the fore and translate the structural power of transnational capital into tactical forms of power within national social formations.

Keywords: state, foreign direct investment, economic policy, elites, globalization, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia

Suggested Citation

Drahokoupil, Jan, The Rise of the Comprador Service Sector: The Politics of State Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe (November 10, 2007). Polish Sociological Review, Vol. 2, No. 162, pp. 175-189, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1322002

Jan Drahokoupil (Contact Author)

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) ( email )

D-68131 Mannheim
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://drahokoupil.blogspot.com

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

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