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"This ebook demanding situations obtained rules in regards to the means of globalization and its presumed homogenization by means of suggesting that instead of weakening the powers of the country, privatization truly strengthens it. With examples from Russia, Poland, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa, the publication questions the meant inefficiency of states in regulating capitalism and the position fiscal and  Read more...

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5 per cent of the Polish national cement market. ' enterprise consisted of three production locations (two quarries, a lime plant and a cement factory built in 1972); 1,300 were employed there at the end of 1996. Located 30 krn from the big city ofBydgoszcz, it enjoys a monopoly position in northern Poland. Its technology is old, using the wet process. The management, closely linked to the trade unions, had powerful connections at the level of the regional and national political authorities. The second site is about 30 krn from Radom, in a region particularly affected by unemployment (more than 33 per cent in July 1997) and distinguished by a particular social category: worker-peasants.

88 For the long term perspective, see (obviously) F. , 'La longue duree', pp. 41~83 in F. , Ecrils sur /'Histoire, Paris: Flammarion, 1985. For a historical approach to analysis of the present, see C. Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures. Selected Essays, New York: Basic Books, 1973 (which speaks of the 'cultural foundations' of the state); Y. -F. Bayart, 'L'historicite de l'etat importe', pp. , the structural concatenations through which social inequality develops, and the cultural configurations of the political).

103 Lastly, in China privatisation has been one of the ways in which the 'overstretched state' has taken shape (with continued blurring oflegal distinctions between public and private, and the importance of 'intermediaries' or 'interfaces' between business and its environment). 105 While noting that privatisation favours the authorities in power and sometimes the world of crime, these advocates of 'reform at any price' neglect the perverse effects ofprivatisation in terms of political significance and in terms of legitimacy.

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