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Patronage, clientele, and political networks: the apparent duration of a concept within Brazilian political history

The article aims to discuss the reiteration of clientelistic relationships in Brazilian political history. It critically discusses the apparent long duration of the clientelistic relationships since colonial until republican times. The main point is understanding how the changes in these relationships are part of a continuity strategy. Two analytical dimensions are suggested with this purpose: the forms of economical rationality and the culture of politics.

clientelistic relationships; historiography; political history

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