Party Patronage in Portugal: Treading in Shallow Water

Carlos Jalali, Patrícia Silva and Diogo Moreira

in Party Patronage and Party Government in European Democracies

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599370
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741517 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

Party Patronage in Portugal: Treading in Shallow Water

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This chapter analyses patronage in contemporary Portugal. First, it provides a precise conceptualization of patronage and, second, bases its assessment on a detailed empirical basis which makes it comparable to the other cases analysed in this book. Third, and related, this chapter further specifies the dependent variable of patronage. The departure point is a neo-institutional one, that the nature of patronage in Portugal is unlikely to remain unaffected by changes in the country’s institutional context. As such, it assesses not only the practice of patronage but also its scope, logic, and style, in order to better understand how democratization, the evolving nature of the Portuguese state and bureaucracy, as well as its parties and party system dynamics, have potentially impacted on the nature of patronage in Portugal.

Keywords: party patronage; Portugal; political parties; bureaucracy; democratization; party system dynamics

Chapter.  8937 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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