This book, first published in 1988, is a study of clientelism in the south of Italy, its relationship with the mafia and its importance in the context of national politics. The book explains the existence of clientelism in modern societies and its relation to the distribution of public resources. It examines the growth of political consensus in the region and whether and where clientelism can be explained in the terms of the mafia. The title examines the relationship between local and national politics and the ideological aspects of clientelism in operation. It makes a detailed comparison of the developments of the Cristian Democratic and Socialist parties in Calabria. With its broad analysis of an important contemporary and historical phenomenon, this book is likely to be of interest to political scientists, historians, anthropologists and students of Italian politics.
Table of Contents
List of Tables; Acknowledgements; A Note on Sources; Abbreviations; Conversion Table; Introduction; 1. Political Clientelism in Modern Societies 2. The Clientelistic State 3. Calabria 4. Cosenza 5. Reggio Calabria 6. Conclusions; Sources and Bibliography; Index
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