Unpacking Lebanon's resilience : undermining state institutions and consolidating the system?
Title: Unpacking Lebanon's resilience : undermining state institutions and consolidating the system?
Author: MOUAWAD, Jamil
Series/Number: IAI Working Papers; 2017/17
External link: http://www.iai.it/sites/default/files/iaiwp1729.pdf
Despite ongoing crises Lebanon carries on adapting and accommodating itself to new realities and challenges. As a result, international and national actors continue to praise Lebanon’s resilience. This resilience finds roots within state–society relations that have long undermined state institutions while empowering a “system” of patronage and clientelism often endorsed directly or indirectly by the international community. Extolling Lebanon’s resilience secures the resilience of the system and undermines public institutions of the state, rendering society dependent on the system rather than on the state. Lebanon’s lauded resilience is actually the resilience of its elites, whose purpose is to undermine state institutions. The stability of Lebanon is the resilience of its elites, which in turn hides the seeds of conflict and instability that might erupt at any point.
Published on 29 October 2017
Type of Access: openAccess
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