He keeps order chiefly thanks to the patronage that he can grant and withdraw according to his discretion and whim.
American patronage and pressure is the heart of any peace process.
This is why Tocqueville puts such a stress on the perils of patronage.
Kate's patronage of the High Street is undoubtedly partly to blame.
Barack Obama has shown America that crony corporatism, patronage politics, and limitless government know no party.
The Northern Kingdom in particular was under the patronage of Horus.
His patronage was therefore necessarily withdrawn from Mr. Gladstone.
These were written with such submissions and professions of his patronage, as I had never seen any more acknowledging.
The little friar, encouraged by this patronage, found his voice, and pleaded for mercy.
Dissatisfied with the patronage which he received in Paris, Poussin went to Rome when he was about thirty years of age.
late 14c., "right of presenting a qualified person to a church benefice," from Old French patronage (14c.) from patron (see patron). Secular sense of "action of giving influential support" is from 1550s. General sense of "power to give jobs or favors" is from 1769; meaning "regular business of customers" is 1804.
The power of a government official or leader to make appointments and offer favors. Once in office, a politician can use patronage to build a loyal following. Though practiced at all levels of government, patronage is most often associated with the machine politics of big cities. (See spoils system.)