The Rise of Senegal’s Clientelist Democracy



According to the typology of political authority presented by Max Weber in his classic work Economy and Society, the initial basis for “legitimate domination” by a ruler is traditional authority that evolves from a gerontocracy to a patrimonial form of rule based on a mixture of traditional authority and clientelism, and ultimately to a legal-rational form of rule that he associated with the rise of Western modernity. Weber recognized, however, that these were theoretical ideal types and that in practice combinations of different bases of authority were likely to arise.


Perfect Code Opposition Parti Ruling Party Traditional Authority Colonial State 
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