Patronage Pros And Cons

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Overall, the pro patronage side of the argument presented many strong points regarding the benefits of patronage. Brian Allmen discussed how political patronage has provided efficient policy developments. However, I would like to say that while there are most certainly pros and cons of patronage (as we have seen through this debate), we have to execute a cost benefit analysis to decide whether the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Thus, it can be argued that there are more negative effects of patronage than positive. The first point I would like to address was that ‘[patronage] provides a trusted appointment based on merit considerations ….’. I disagree with this statement because patronage allows political leaders and parties to bring

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