- (esp in Spanish America) government by local political bosses
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This Caciquism is described as a despotism a hundred times worse than that of the absolute kings (p. 33).A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 4
Henry Charles Lea
In addition to the social halo imparted by its possession, there is a condition grown out of it, known locally as “caciquism.”
Caciquism is the social and political prestige exercised by a local man or family.