Olusola Saraki, Charismatic Leadership, and Patron-Client Relations in Modern Ilorin

  • Gbemisola A. Animasawun
Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)


In a response to the dominant view in Western literature, which ascribes negative values to the clientelism, Utas (2012) rejects the argument that patron-client networks are mainly sociocultural and African by citing instances of the existence of informal networks in places like Italy and the United States. Based on this, he posits that it should be viewed as sociostructural because certain structural features dictate specific social outcomes. He argues further that networks are social and cultural manifestations just as they are political and economic. However, their manifestations are usually peculiar as determined by specific settings. Therefore, it might be jaundiced to describe it as a wholly African phenomenon.


Charismatic Leadership Alternative Governor African Politics Bureaucratic Rationality Great Hall 
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