Crisis States Working Paper 24

Title : Hyper-Fragmentation and Traditional Politics in Colombia: Discussing Alternative Explanations
Author(s) : Francisco Gutierrez Sanin
Date : March 2003 (revised September 2004)
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Abstract : This paper examines the role of clientelism in contemporary Colombian politics. In so doing, it seeks to criticise the incentive-based analyses of the neo-institutionalists. The paper argues the need to move beyond notions of 'institutional engineering' to perspectives centred upon social actors and processes.