Does a word exist for a society or a tendency in which the power source is based on your contacts?
For example: Let us assume that I am applying for a job. I know Joe, the boss, and because of this, he hires me in front of other, more qualified applicants. Then we can say that I am living in a _________.
I am looking for a word similar to oligarchy, meritocracy, and so on.
I assume there is no such word, but I thought it was worth a try here anyway.