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Bourgeoisie, State and DemocracyRussia, Britain, France, Germany, and the USA$
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Graeme Gill

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199544684

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544684.001.0001

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Class and State: The Western Bourgeoisie

Class and State: The Western Bourgeoisie

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Bourgeoisie, State and Democracy

Graeme Gill (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter focuses on the extent to which, in Britain, France, Germany, and the USA, the bourgeoisie has sought to use the state as a resource (and thereby exploit it), and to capture the state. These approaches to the state are analysed in terms of the way in which the bourgeoisie has been heavily reliant on gaining control over state-controlled resources in order to divert them to their own profitable use, and suborning state officials in an attempt to buttress their profits. The former approach is seen principally in terms of private appropriation of state assets, the latter in terms of relations between businessmen and political elites. It is shown that while heavily reliant on state resources, generally businessmen have not been able to capture the state, either at the national or local/regional level.

Keywords:   exploitation, resource, state, state capture, political elites

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