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  • noun A political system based on personal relations rather than personal merits, like a meritocracy.

Etymologies

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clientele +‎ -ism

Examples

  • In particular, the author blames "clientelism" - "interest groups within society requesting favors from politicians as clients, often with little regard to a reciprocal contribution to the economy."

    NYT > Home Page

  • In particular, the author blames "clientelism" - "interest groups within society requesting favors from politicians as clients, often with little regard to a reciprocal contribution to the economy."

    NYT > Home Page

  • In response to a question regarding African states, Castells suggested that these states were in many cases 'rotten, corrupted and subject to acute problems such as clientelism'.

    DEBATING CASTELLS AND CARNOY ON THE NETWORK SOCIETY1

  • He's been speaking for a minute and it definitely sounds like a swansong, as he visits the history of the crisis:We are paying the bills for decades of corruption, clientelism, vested interests.9.04pm: Ahha!

    Greek PM Papandreou wins confidence vote - November 4 2011

  • Too many Americans feel far more comfortable with a government that engages in the kind of "great power clientelism" that has a proven track record of institutionalizing instability around the world.

    Christopher Tucker: What Americans Can Do About the End of Their Ruling Days

  • Too many Americans feel far more comfortable with a government that engages in the kind of "great power clientelism" that has a proven track record of institutionalizing instability around the world.

    Christopher Tucker: What Americans Can Do About the End of Their Ruling Days

  • However, both sides unabashedly elevated political clientelism to an art form.

    Goulash Populism

  • Luis complained about how Colombian politics are controlled by clientelism and corruption, and how the paramilitaries are involved in everything.

    The Morningside Post: The Truth From a Colombian Taxi Driver

  • Luis complained about how Colombian politics are controlled by clientelism and corruption, and how the paramilitaries are involved in everything.

    The Truth From a Colombian Taxi Driver

  • Some of the Resistance movement's modernist features included a utopian quest for communal reason and rationality; the desire to break with the old regime of clientelism; and the urge to catch up economically, socially, and pedagogically with other countries that had been at the heart of the Industrial Revolution, which had largely bypassed Greece.

    Arms and the Woman: Just Warriors and Greek Feminist Identity

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  • A form of social organization common in many developing regions characterized by "patron-client" relationships. Powerful and rich "patrons" promise to provide relatively powerless and poor "clients" with jobs, protection, infrastructure, and other benefits in exchange for votes and other forms of loyalty, including labour. The relationship is often exploitative and can result in clients' permanent indebtedness; as such it's often corrupt and unfair.

    July 14, 2009