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caciquism

/kəˈsiːkˌɪzəm/
noun
1.
(esp in Spanish America) government by local political bosses
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in Latin-American and Spanish politics, the rule of local chiefs or bosses (caciques). As a class, these leaders have often played a key role in their countries' political structure

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