Democracy and Power-Sharing in Stormy Weather: The Case of Lebanon
Title: Democracy and Power-Sharing in Stormy Weather: The Case of Lebanon
Author: FAKHOURY MUEHLBACHER, Tamirace
Publisher: Vs Verlag
Citation: Wiesbaden, Vs Verlag, 2009
Since the inception of the fragile nation-state in 1943, Lebanon has been faced with the constantly unstable predicament of being torn between Middle Eastern and Western orbits. After examining Lebanon's pre-war consociational democracy as well as the factors behind its collapse in 1975, Tamirace Fakhoury Mühlbacher analyses the post-war order (1990 - 2006) by shedding light on both interrelated phenomena: communal power-sharing in a turbulent environment and Lebanon's "hybrid democratisation" between Syrian tutelage and the impulses for more liberalisation against the backdrop of exogenous and endogenous factors. The author analyses in detail Lebanon's uncertain 2005 system transition, the so-called 'Beirut Spring', and its aftermath. In a critical perspective, she highlights fundamental communal and political dynamics that result from the collision of internal and external conflict lines on Lebanese ground, and how the former have impeded balanced power-sharing and democratisati16on in the small Arab Republic.This book is essential reading for researchers and students from the social sciences, in particular sociology and political science. From the contents:Review and critique of the literature on consociational democracy - pre-war Lebanon: a dance into the abyss of consociationalism - post-war Lebanon: the lost republic's peregrinations - post-war Lebanon's long and perilous road - what about post-war consociationalism - crafting a consociationalism democracy: the limits of the self-negating prophecy.
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