Clientelism and the classification of dominant party systems

Trantidis, Aris (2015) Clientelism and the classification of dominant party systems. Democratization, 22 (1). pp. 113-133. ISSN 1351-0347

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The view of clientelism as an abuse of state power casts doubt on the
democratic credentials of highly clientelistic political systems. The question
is particularly relevant for the classification of dominant party systems that
heavily rely on clientelism to elicit popular support and retain a relatively
open structure of participation. Knowing that clientelism is a widespread
practice in modern democracies too, how do we evaluate the impact of
clientelism on political competitiveness in order to sort out the position of
these regimes along the lines of democracy and authoritarianism? This task
requires identifying the conditions under which clientelism becomes an
essentially authoritarian practice and qualifies these regimes as such. The
article puts forward two propositions about the circumstances under which
clientelism infringes basic democratic standards under a thin and a thick
definition of democracy. Clientelism under one-party monopoly engenders
authoritarianism when it thwarts and punishes the contesting voice of
citizens by effectively blocking exit from its incentives and sanctions.

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Keywords:clientelism, hybrid regimes, semi-authoritarianism, illiberal democracy, authoritarianism, patronage, democracy, dominant party
Subjects:L Social studies > L220 Political Systems
L Social studies > L221 Autocracy
L Social studies > L290 Politics not elsewhere classified
L Social studies > L200 Politics
L Social studies > L222 Democracy
L Social studies > L210 Political Theories
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:17 Oct 2018 11:01

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