Brokerage or friendship? politics and networks in Ireland

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Title: Brokerage or friendship? politics and networks in Ireland
Authors: Komito, Lee
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Date: Jan-1992
Online since: 2019-05-01T11:07:00Z
Abstract: Studies of Irish politics have often emphasised clientelist relations between voters and politicians. A survey carried out in the 1970s indicates that the importance of politicians has been overstated. A significant percentage of people chose non-political figures as brokers between themselves and the state. Differences in urban and rural community social structures, which are not reflections of age, education, or socio-economic status, correlate with different brokerage choices. Such findings cast doubt on both modernization and dependency explanations of brokerage. Further research on social networks of friendship and exchange are necessary, since informal personal networks emerge as important links between individuals and the state.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: ESRI
Journal: The Economic and Social Review
Volume: 23
Issue: 2
Start page: 129
End page: 145
Copyright (published version): 1992 the Author
Keywords: Irish politicsClientelismBrokerage
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Information and Communication Studies Research Collection

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