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The Iberian Administrative Legacy

PAQ, Vol. 27 No. 1, (2003)

The Iberian tradition—values introduced into many nations by Spain
and Portugal—has endured. The values of patrimonialism, scholasticism,
corporatism, orthodoxy, and mercantilism have had an influence
on the public administrative systems of many lands in Latin America,
parts of Africa, and Asian countries wherever Spain and Portugal had
colonies. The two empires were motivated by many and conflicting
objectives. Differences between the two systems are explainable in
terms of timing, focus, and resources.
The legacy is assessed in terms of several recent theories about the
nature of political development.

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