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Portugal: The Patrimonial Heritage and the Emergence of a Democratic Political Class

José M. Borchert

in The Political Class in Advanced Democracies

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780199260362
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601873 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199260362.003.0017
 Portugal: The Patrimonial Heritage and the Emergence of a Democratic Political Class

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After thirty years of Portuguese democracy, a democratic political class is still emerging but has already become quite stable and cohesive over time. The chapter brings to the fore the difficulties that the Portuguese political class had and has to overcome, above all the patrimonial heritage of the authoritarian regime. It includes original data on the size of the political class and what difficulties it is encountering to achieve a higher level of professionalization. The relationship between the political class and the public is also given special prominence.

Keywords: institutional reform; mistrust; patrimonial heritage; political class; Portugal; rotativismo; social capital

Chapter.  7835 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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