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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 November 2021

Virginia Oliveros
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Tulane University, Louisiana
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During the Argentine winter of 2009, I was returning from a two-hour interview with Pablo and José,1 sharing a taxi as we headed back to Buenos Aires from La Plata. As soon as we got into the car, both men started making phone calls. One of those conversations went as follows: “How many?” asked José; someone replied on the other end of the line. “Great! Thanks!” he responded in excitement and hung up. Then Pablo asked, “So? How many?” “Fifteen!” replied José, with obvious satisfaction. He continued, naming potential recipients, “María, Cecilia, Susana …, ” while counting on his fingers. Then, looking in my direction, he added, “You see? This is political activism – live! (¿Ves? Esto es militancia ¡En vivo y en directo!).”2 In my most innocent voice, I asked, “How many what?” While Pablo seemed quite uncomfortable to disclose the information in my presence, José quickly replied, “Social welfare benefits! (¡Planes sociales!).

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Patronage at Work
Public Jobs and Political Services in Argentina
, pp. 1 - 23
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Introduction
  • Virginia Oliveros, Tulane University, Louisiana
  • Book: Patronage at Work
  • Online publication: 18 November 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009082525.001
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  • Introduction
  • Virginia Oliveros, Tulane University, Louisiana
  • Book: Patronage at Work
  • Online publication: 18 November 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009082525.001
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  • Introduction
  • Virginia Oliveros, Tulane University, Louisiana
  • Book: Patronage at Work
  • Online publication: 18 November 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009082525.001
Available formats
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