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Is the Brazilian state "patrimonial"?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-152
Number of pages18
JournalLATIN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES
Volume43
Issue number2
Early online date21 Jan 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

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Abstract

Patrimonialism is ubiquitous in the analysis of the state in Brazil, a country in which the concept has its own distinctive genealogy. However, patrimonialism has been subject to severe conceptual stretching, limiting its usefulness in comparative analysis. Furthermore, the "commanding heights" of the federal bureaucracy have become more universalistic and merit-based and less patrimonial over the past few years. Patrimonialism is therefore best viewed as one logic among many operating in the Brazilian state.

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