Cyborg political machines: Political brokering and modern political campaigning in Colombia
Author(s)Vidart-Delgado, Maria L.
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Colombian professional political consultants couple information technologies and local political brokering to circumvent strict voter privacy regulations that limit campaigns’ access to voters’ personal data. I argue that political consultants use information technologies to bolster traditional vertical, personality-centered political organizations, and to produce tightly controlled “cyborg political machines.” I challenge widespread notions that oppose media-based politics to traditional face-to-face politics (known also as clientelism). Instead, I show that although political elites introduced American political marketing methods hoping to modernize campaigns, the American way provided a new framework to preserve traditional authoritarian political arrangements after the extensive democratic reforms of the early 1990s.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Anthropology Program
HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
University of Chicago Press
Vidart-Delgado, Maria L. "Cyborg political machines: Political brokering and modern political campaigning in Colombia." HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 7, 2 (September 2017): 255-277 © 2017 The Author
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