Political Patronage: Definition, Motives & Example


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Which of the following terms describes a situation in which someone is offered compensation in exchange for their political support?

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1. Which of the following answers BEST describes how political patronage is viewed in the United States?

2. Which of the following is not something to be obtained by participating in political patronage?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz and worksheet to further your knowledge of political patronage. Make sure you are able to ascribe a term that describes compensation in exchange for political support and understand what it means in the U.S.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These resources will help you to:

  • Understand why people vie for political patronage
  • Be able to recognize who has the legal authority to appoint department heads
  • Name the location where a low-level politician could pledge their support to potentially gain a position in the Federal Assembly

Skills Practiced

Use the quiz and worksheet to study along these guidelines:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding who has the legal authority to appoint supporters to department heads and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding why people might perpetuate political patronage
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about political systems

Additional Learning

If you'd like to learn more about political patronage, then feel free to use this lesson entitled Political Patronage: Definition, Motives & Example. The lesson will adhere to the following study objectives:

  • Be able to understand how political patronage is used in the U.S.
  • Recognize how it is used outside of the U.S.
  • Analyze examples of each