Privatisation is supposed to bring about the retreat of the state. But what happens when the state privatises itself and even its core functions - tax collection, internal security, customs - are auctioned to the highest bidder? Does this imply a weakening of the state? Or, rather, does it lead to a scrutiny and control? The contributors to this work examine these phenomena in the former "Second" and "Third World" (Central and Eastern Europe, China and other parts of Asia and Africa) highlighting the very different ways in which continuing state interference and privatisation are implemented. What we are witnessing, according to this study, is not the eclipse of the state under the impact of globalisation but the end of the relatively short era of the "development state" and its commanding role. privatisation does not necessarily lead to a weakening of state control; it leads to new, and often more informal, forms of interference and influence, and it is these that are the book's central theme.
Part 1 Privatisation of state enterprises: from corruption to regulation - post-communist enterprises in Poland, Francois Bafoil; Shenyang - privatisation in the vanguard of socialism, Antoine Kemen. Part II Privatisation of international relations: privatisation of sovereignity and the survival of weak states, William Reno; non-sovereign power - new regulatory authories and chance in the Lake Chad basin states, Janet Roitman; fictitious privatisation - relations with Taiwan, Francoise Mengin. Part III Political transition and privatisation of the state: is China becoming an ordinary state?, Jean-Louis Rocca; privatisation and political change in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia, gilles Favarel-Garrigues; the pastoral government idea and privatisation of the state in Indonesia, Romain Bertrand.