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Manuel Carlos Silva



To explain the peasants ‘conservatism’ in Northwest of Portugal, as well the obstacles to rural local development, the author, in addition to underline elsewhere the specificity of the peasant economy and several strategies of rural dwellers (marriage, inheritance and migration), in this article stresses the relevance of the political factor, namely the dependency of most residents facing the old or new local patrons (caciques). These, in a strategy of reproduce the local power on a familist base, subject those now by moral imperative, now by the gift, financial and administrative favor, converting these favors in family benefits or economic and political dividends.


campesinado, conservatismo, desarrollo rural, patronazgo, Portugalpeasantry, conservatisme, rural development, patronage, Portugal

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Silva, M. C. (2019). Peasants, Brokers and the State: Competition and Dividends in Familist Local Politics in Two Villages in the Northwest of Portugal. Cuadernos De Desarrollo Rural, 16(83).
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