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BESANA, Bruno. Why brokers pursue public goods and services? Ethnographic analysis of two cases from the periphery of Buenos Aires (Argentina). Rev. Urug. Cienc. Polít. [online]. 2018, vol.27, n.2, pp.13-32. ISSN 0797-9789.

According to experts, broker exclusively involves in discretionary exchange of favors for political support between political patrons and clients. For the exchange to take place, favors should not be of public benefit, but only for those who are willing to lend their political support in return. However, this ethnographic stud shows how two brokers usually seek public goods and services and even lead social protests in demand for them. It is suggested that these are not exceptional cases, since brokers have incentives to do so because they are mostly neighbors of their clients and suffer as much as they, lack of access to public goods and services.

Palabras clave : Brokers; Ethnography; Incentives; Public Goods and Services; Social Protests.

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