La lógica práctica del dominio clientelista

Translated title of the contribution: The practical logic of clientelist domination

Javier Auyero, Claudio Benzecry

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On the bases of a series of analytical exams of three rounds of ethnographic field-work in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and with a micro-sociological approach of empirical analysis, this article sets out to reorient the study of clienteles' politics towards its every day nature, and recognize the relevant role played by the close links mediating agents keep with their closest and most reliable followers-Thus it aims to contribute to better understand and explain the practical features of clientelist domination. Against what's commonly asserted, this paper maintains clientelist politics takes place in daily life's routine (and not only in the context of campaigns and elections), and that the behaviour of the most loyal clients must not be understood nor explained as a product of rational action or normative conducts, but as resultant of clientelist habits, that is, a set of cognitive and affective political dispositions, produced by repeated interactions that take place within the inner circles of the followers of the mediating agents.

Translated title of the contributionThe practical logic of clientelist domination
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)221-246
Number of pages26
JournalRevista Mexicana de Ciencias Politicas y Sociales
Issue number226
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Clientelist domination
  • Democratic governance
  • Ethnography
  • Political client
  • Sponsorship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies


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