This paper examines the role of clientelism in contemporary Colombian politics. In so doing, it seeks to criticise the incentive-based analyses of the neoinstitutionalists. The paper argues the need to move beyond notions of 'institutional engineering' to perspectives centred upon social actors and processes.
Gutiérrez Sanín, F., Hyper-Fragmentation and Traditional Politics in Colombia: Discussing Alternative Explanations, Working Paper No.24 (series 1), 2003 (revised 2004), London, UK; Crisis States Research Centre, 21 pp. Available in English and Spanish.