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Clientelism, Social Policy, and the Quality of Democracy
Author: Diego Abente Brun

ISBN: 9781421412290
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 5 February 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7
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What happens when vote buying becomes a means of social policy? Although one could cynically ask this question just as easily about the United States's mature democracy, Diego Abente Brun and Larry Diamond ask this question about democracies in the developing world through an assessment of political clientelism, or what is commonly known as patronage.

Studies of political clientelism, whether deployed through traditional vote-buying techniques or through the politicized use of social spending, were a priority in the 1970s, when democratization efforts around the world flourished. With the rise of the Washington Consensus and neoliberal economic policies during the late-1980s, clientelism studies were moved to the back of the scholarly agenda.

Abente Brun and Diamond invited some of the best social scientists in the field to systematically explore how political clientelism works and evolves in the context of modern developing democracies, with particular reference to social policies aimed at reducing poverty.

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