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Author Weitz-Shapiro, Rebecca, 1979- author.

Title Curbing clientelism in Argentina : politics, poverty, and social policy / Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro (Brown University).

Published New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  324.2040982 WEIT    AVAILABLE
Physical description xi, 195 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-185) and indexes.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Accountability, democracy, and the study of clientelism; 2. Making clientelism work: politician behavior and voter beliefs; 3. Curbing clientelism: why some politicians opt out; 4. Clientelism, social policy, and measurement; 5. Clientelism across municipalities in Argentina's National Food Security Program; 6. Survey and experimental evidence for the costs of clientelism; 7. Moving towards accountability? : comparative perspectives and policy implications.
Summary "In many young democracies, local politics remain a bastion of nondemocratic practices, from corruption to clientelism to abuse of power. In a context where these practices are widespread, will local politicians ever voluntarily abandon them? Focusing on the practice of clientelism in social policy in Argentina, this book argues that only the combination of a growing middle class and intense political competition leads local politicians to opt out of clientelism. Drawing on extensive fieldwork, an original public opinion survey, and cross-municipal data in Argentina, this book illustrates how clientelism works and documents the electoral gains and costs of the practice. In doing so, it points to a possible subnational path towards greater accountability within democracy"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Patronage, Political -- Argentina.
Patron and client -- Argentina.
Political corruption -- Argentina.
Political culture -- Argentina.
Local government -- Corrupt practices -- Argentina.
Poverty -- Government policy -- Argentina.
Argentina -- Social policy.
ISBN 9781107073623 (hardback)
1107073626 (hardback)
9781107423213 (paperback)
110742321X (paperback)