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The Political Class in Advanced DemocraciesA Comparative Handbook$
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Jens Borchert and Jürgen Zeiss

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199260362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199260362.001.0001

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Portugal: The Patrimonial Heritage and the Emergence of a Democratic Political Class

Portugal: The Patrimonial Heritage and the Emergence of a Democratic Political Class

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(p.320) 17 Portugal: The Patrimonial Heritage and the Emergence of a Democratic Political Class
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The Political Class in Advanced Democracies
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José M. Borchert (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199260362.003.0017

After thirty years of Portuguese democracy, a democratic political class is still emerging but has already become quite stable and cohesive over time. The chapter brings to the fore the difficulties that the Portuguese political class had and has to overcome, above all the patrimonial heritage of the authoritarian regime. It includes original data on the size of the political class and what difficulties it is encountering to achieve a higher level of professionalization. The relationship between the political class and the public is also given special prominence.

Keywords:   institutional reform, mistrust, patrimonial heritage, political class, Portugal, rotativismo, social capital

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