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Clientelism
Clientelism
Ezequiel Gonzlez-Ocantos Paula Muoz-Chirinos
Introduction

One morning during the 2008 campaign for the mayoralty of the city of Managua, Alexis Arguello, the Sandinista candidate and former boxer, arrived at the shantytown Hugo Chávez Frías, named in honor of the Venezuelan president who had provided funds for a housing project in the area. As he got out of his van, the crowd enthusiastically greeted Arguello and his advisors. After shaking his fair share of hands, the candidate then visited a select group of exactly nine houses, a move that at first seemed rather odd. In the event, however, this highly targeted campaign activity made perfect sense, for in the days prior to the visit, Arguello's staff had ...

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