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Clients and Constituents: Political Responsiveness in Patronage Democracies

Jennifer Bussell


This book provides a theoretical and empirical examination of constituency service in developing countries. The predominant view of distributive politics in “patronage democracies” emphasizes the partisan targeting of pork and clientelism. In contrast, this book demonstrates that high-level legislators in India and other contexts often provide direct, nonpartisan assistance to individual constituents. Under what conditions do they provide constituency service, rather than engage in partisan bias? The book shows that the uneven character of access to services at the local level—often because of ... More

Keywords: constituency service, patronage democracy, India, clientelism, distributive politics, intermediary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190945398
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190945398.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Bussell, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California-Berkeley