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Linaje, Empresas Offshore y Estado : Una Aproximación a la Élite de Poder en Guatemala en el Siglo XXI

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Title in English Lineage, Offshore Companies and State : An Approach to the Power Elite in Guatemala in the 21st Century


Year of publication 2023
Type Chapter of a book
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Faculty of Social Studies

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Description The Guatemalan power elite has maintained its privileges and influence by forging long-lasting marital and business alliances characterized by limited social mobility and inflexible socio-racial practices. This study examines the economics and networks of the contemporary power elite in the 21st century and presents an analytical framework for examining the ties between this elite group and the Guatemalan state. The research examines a multilevel elite network that includes one level of corporate ties involving 1541 offshore entities in Panama and another level of familial ties established through relationships established through shared surnames. The multilevel network serves as a mechanism for elite cohesion in the twenty-first century, where limited elite circulation and persistent male dominance are observed.
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