Contributions to a Typology of Clientelistic Brokers

Carlos M. Lisoni


This research note uses two case studies of Argentine provinces to develop a typology of clientelistic brokers. I identify a dirigente-type broker, who acts as an advocate of voters, and a puntero-type broker, who acts as a delegate of the patron. The clear differences between these two broker types point to greater diversity among clientelistic practices (such as monitoring and enforcing clientelistic exchanges) than is commonly acknowledged. I provide original evidence from 34 open-ended interviews with local- and provincial-level elected officials that accounts for patron–broker dynamics in small, poor, and peripheral Argentine communities.

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