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Clientelism: Concepts, Agents, and Solutions

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  • Jorge Gallego

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  • Leonard Wantchekon

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In this chapter, we discuss some of the main issues pertaining to the literature on political clientelism. After defining some of the basic concepts associated with this topic, we support the claim that much of the literature has excessively focused on the problem of vote buying, while ignoring other (perhaps) more important aspects of the process, such as patronage and prebendalism. Afterwards, we underscore the importance that brokers and clientelistic networks have in order to understand the structure of patronclient relationships. Finally, we review some of the short- and medium-term solutions to the problem that have been explored mainly through experimental methods, which include mechanisms related to institutions, deliberation, and information.

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  • Jorge Gallego & Leonard Wantchekon, 2017. "Clientelism: Concepts, Agents, and Solutions," Documentos de Trabajo 015867, Universidad del Rosario.
  • Handle: RePEc:col:000092:015867
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