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Political Power from Elite Family Networks in Colonial Buenos Aires

In: Cliometrics of the Family


  • Laura C. Valle

    (Universidad Nacional del Sur (UNS))

  • Juan M. C. Larrosa

    (Universidad Nacional del Sur (UNS)
    Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales del Sur (IIESS))


The aim of this chapter is to show the relationship between the nominations for seats in the Cabildo of Buenos Aires between 1776 and 1810 and the network status of councilmen and their families. To this end, we test hypotheses on the relation of network metrics of elite individuals and families with political positions in the council. We find that actors and families with higher degree of connectedness are statistically associated with entrance and access to more prominent positions in the council as indicators of political power. Specifically, more centralized connections seem to assist individuals on the road to higher positions. In the case of families, a more dense structure of overlapped connections may have assured that more members reached higher positions in the Cabildo.

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  • Laura C. Valle & Juan M. C. Larrosa, 2019. "Political Power from Elite Family Networks in Colonial Buenos Aires," Studies in Economic History, in: Claude Diebolt & Auke Rijpma & Sarah Carmichael & Selin Dilli & Charlotte Störmer (ed.), Cliometrics of the Family, chapter 0, pages 173-195, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:stechp:978-3-319-99480-2_8
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-99480-2_8

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    Elite families; Marriage network; Political power; Cabildo; Late colonial Buenos Aires;
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    JEL classification:

    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • C35 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • N46 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - Latin America; Caribbean
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification


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