Patronage, Trust, and State Capacity: The Historical Trajectories of Clientelism

  title={Patronage, Trust, and State Capacity: The Historical Trajectories of Clientelism},
  author={Lenka Bu{\vs}t{\'i}kov{\'a} and Lenka Cristina Corduneanu-Huci},
  journal={World Politics},
  pages={277 - 326}
What explains different levels of clientelism across countries? Why do some politicians deliver clientelistic goods to their electoral constituencies, and why do some voters demand them? This article focuses on the historical origins of trust in states and shows that they have a lasting impact on contemporary patterns of patronage. The shift to programmatic politics reflects a historical transition from personalized trust in politicians to trust in impersonal bureaucracies tasked by political… Expand
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