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Author Nichter, Simeon,
Title Votes for survival : relational clientelism in Latin America / Simeon Nichter.
Imprint Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018.

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Author Nichter, Simeon,
Series Cambridge studies in comparative politics.
Cambridge studies in comparative politics.
Subject Patron and client -- Latin America.
Political participation -- Latin America.
Latin America -- Politics and government -- 1980-
Description 1 online resource.
Contents Introduction -- Challenges for electoral clientelism -- Citizens and relational clientelism -- Income and vulnerability -- Declared support -- Requesting benefits -- Citizen strategies in comparative context -- Conclusion.
Summary Across the world, many politicians deliver benefits to citizens in direct exchange for their votes. Scholars often predict the demise of this phenomenon, as it is threatened by economic development, ballot secrecy and other daunting challenges. To explain its resilience, this book shifts attention to the demand side of exchanges. Nichter contends that citizens play a crucial but underappreciated role in the survival of relational clientelism - ongoing exchange relationships that extend beyond election campaigns. Citizens often undertake key actions, including declared support and requesting benefits, to sustain these relationships. As most of the world's population remains vulnerable to adverse shocks, citizens often depend on such relationships when the state fails to provide an adequate social safety net. Nichter demonstrates the critical role of citizens with fieldwork and original surveys in Brazil, as well as with comparative evidence from Argentina, Mexico and other continents.
ISBN 9781316998014 (electronic bk.)
1316998010 (electronic bk.)
9781108428361
1108428363
9781108449502
1108449506
OCLC # 1079426783
Additional Format Print version: Nichter, Simeon. Votes for survival. Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018 9781108428361 1108428363 (DLC) 2018023422 (OCoLC)1042076992.


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