Does bureaucracy reflect the underlying structure of political power in society? I exploit Spanish naming conventions and two regression discontinuity designs of close elections to study patronage and nepotistic hiring in Mexican federal government. I focus on the impact that political cycles have on bureaucracy's composition at the expense of capacity development of career civil service officials. To do so, I explore a novel administrative database including detailed demographic, educational, financial, career, and employment information for all federal Mexican bureaucrats and all legislative candidates from 2000 onwards.
Coming soon (after my thesis defense).