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Roles, trust and skills: a typology of patronage appointments

Larraburo Ramos, Conrado Ricardo and Panizza, Francisco and Peters, Guy B. (2018) Roles, trust and skills: a typology of patronage appointments. Public Administration. ISSN 0033-3298

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Identification Number: 10.1111/padm.12560


This article contributes to the study of the politics of patronage appointments by creating a typology of patronage roles based on the nature of trust between patrons and appointees and on the skills patrons seek in appointees. Our classification brings together the dispersed literature on patronage roles and can be applied to the study of modalities of patronage across and within countries. We offer preliminary evidence from our study of the politics of patronage appointments in Latin America suggesting that variations in patronage roles can be related to variations in party systems institutionalisation and to the nature of the links between political actors and voters. Finally, we explore whether the categories identified in our empirical study can be found in other settings. We conclude that our typology can contribute to the study of the impact of modalities of patronage on the quality of the public administration and on political governability.

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Additional Information: © 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2018 10:08
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2018 11:17

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