Politischer Klientelismus: Informelle Macht in Griechenland und Irland

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  • Isabel Kusche
In connection with the crisis in Greece, politics and mass media have often referred to clientelism in recent years. Detailed descriptions of the phenomenon are however rare, as are in-depth discussions about the extent to which it actually poses a problem and is not just a part of normal democratic politics. The book provides an overview of the international research on the topic and points out its theoretical deficits. Drawing on differentiation theory and early works of Niklas Luhmann it conceptualizes clientelistic structures as a specific type of informal power. A comparison between Greece and Ireland renders the phenomenon comprehensible in a European context.
Translated title of the contributionPolitical Clientelism: Informal Power in Greece and Ireland
Original languageGerman
Place of publicationFrankfurt
PublisherCampus Verlag
Number of pages323
ISBN (Print)978-3-593-50548-0
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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