This book analyzes the patron-client relationship over both space and time. It covers such areas of the globe as Europe, Africa and Latin America, and such periods in time as ancient Rome, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Poland, as well as twentieth-century America. It also analyzes clientelism in U.S. policy toward the Vietnam War and in Richard J. Daley’s mayoral rule over Chicago. In his comparative approach the author makes broad use of theories from such fields as history, sociology, anthropology and linguistics while considering the global scale of the patron-client relationship and the immense role that clientelism has played in world history.
Frankfurt am Main, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2017. 446 pp., 8 ill., 4 tables
Antoni Mączak was full Professor of History at the University of Warsaw. He was Fellow of Collegium Invisibile,
as well as Corresponding Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He lectured at many academic centers worldwide, including
the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, University of Notre Dame and McGill University. He wrote about the economic
history of Poland and on the comparative history of Poland and Europe.