Corruptive Patterns of Patronage in South East Europe by Plamen K. Georgiev

By Plamen K. Georgiev

The transformation of jap Europe has challenged the features of patron-client family either of their context and that means. the previous patrimonial frameworks and styles have tired whereas worldwide strength and extending disparities crush conventional structures of patronage. Plamen okay. Georgiev discusses the debatable problems with endemic corruption, kingdom seize, institutional fraud, and networks of prepared crime in South East Europe and in a much broader worldwide context. He lines again sorts of patronage and patron-client family members during the a while as much as modernity. the writer significantly reviews on shifts of loyalties, friendship, nepotism in addition to on deficits of constitutional and public procurement within the context of “quasi-democracies” at the Balkans. His research is predicated on empirical findings and sociological observations made in the past seven years. ultimately, the writer offers useful methodological feedback for leading edge interdisciplinary examine during this field.

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So Philo, for example: “God alone is the giver; we do not give”. Mortal clients thus should not attempt to have an impact on their immortal Patron by means of inducement. But of course they did. Philo elevates “thanksgiving” to “pre-eminent” status among the virtues: “Each of the virtues is a holy matter, but thanksgiving is pre-eminently so. But it is not possible to express our gratitude to God by means of buildings and oblations and sacrifices … for even the whole world were not a temple adequate to yield the honour due to Him.

55 54 An electioneering manual attributed to Cicero’s brother Quintus explains that the “word ‘friends’ extends more widely in campaigning than in life generally, for whoever displays any sign of favour toward you or attends to you or visits you at home is to be considered among the circle of your friends” (16; cf. Seneca Ep. mor. 1). Aristotle too observes that: “Those who are friends to many [poluphiloi] and treat everyone in an intimate manner do not seem friends to anyone, except in the political sense [politikôs]; they also call them ingratiating [areskoi].

71 The rapid advance of technology, communication facilities, moreover the new arsenals of power change the paradigms of patron-client relations. The latter acquire new structural (and qualitative) characteristics. They are more determined by global perspectives and hang less on old dichotomies of local (national) divisions. Any delivery of posts and jobs in the frameworks of the post patrimonial state, the shrinking public sphere, or whatever old Parson’s notion of “system-perception” of our societal reality, seem less relevant to societies in transition.

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