The Mafia and clientelism : roads to Rome in post-war Calabria /
James Walston.
London ; New York : Routledge, 1988.
xxi, 265 p. ; 23 cm.
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London ; New York : Routledge, 1988.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 240-250.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-01:
An excellent study of the impact of clientelism on politics in southern Italy, the region of Calabria in particular. The title is somewhat misleading because the account of mafia activity is limited, by and large, to one province (Reggio) within the region. Walston's real focus is on the more widespread phenomenon of clientelism, the distribution of such public resources as government jobs and construction contracts by Christian Democratic and Socialist politicians in exchange for support from locally influential individuals and groups. Of course clientelism is hardly unknown outside of the mezzogiorno. But the extent to which it pervades and corrupts almost all areas of public life in this impoverished section of Italy is striking. Furthermore, this is not merely a case study; it offers a clearly written and theoretically informed analysis of different types of clientelism and the various social circumstances in which they seem to emerge. The book joins P.A. Allum's Politics and Society in Postwar Naples (1973), Judith Chubb's Patronage, Power, and Poverty in Southern Italy (1982), and Sidney Tarrow's Peasant Communism in Southern Italy (CH, Apr'68) as valuable commentaries on southern Italian politics available to readers in English. For upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. -L. Weinberg, University of Nevada, Reno
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