Restructuring the State or Capture of the State Bureaucracy
José Manuel Mejía Villena
Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos - Department of Political Science
Juan Carlos Lopez
affiliation not provided to SSRN
March 1, 2011
Revista Andina de Estudios Políticos, Vol. 1, No. 4, March 2011
The National Unity coalition was effective when the Congress approved the restructuring of the state law that allows the President Santos to legislate for six months in this area. Why the National Unity parties will turn a blank check to Santos, relinquishing its power to legislate? We propose the following figure: Saints need this reform for two reasons: 1) to fulfill a campaign promise, and 2) to have a public system that allows you to govern effectively, but in turn the parties of the National Unity would not have given its free support to this initiative, the restructuring of the state could become a window of opportunity to appeal to the purest and most traditional political patronage. In this sense, the ruling coalition represented in the National Unity would be charging earlier for his services to Santos for his part of the check. The state bureaucracy may take as booty if the patronage is effective.
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Number of Pages in PDF File: 18
Keywords: Restructring the state, Clientelism, National Unity
JEL Classification: N46Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 18, 2011
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