it helped the lower classes because...
-the patrons know that they were the basis of their power, so they wouldn't want to jeopardize their relationship
-clients could leave patrons if they were mistreated
-clients depended on patrons for food, representation in the law
-the wealthier the patron was, the better off the client was
it hurt the lower classes because...
-if the patron was unhappy, they could ditch the client
-the client had to aid the patron regardless of their person opinions on them