The Communitarian Nation-State Paradox in Lebanon


Imad Salamey, PhD (Editor) – Associate Professor, Political Science, Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon

Series: Political Science and History
BISAC: POL059000

Since the foundation of the modern consociational state of Lebanon, the country’s multi-communitarian diversity has contested the distribution of state power and its national identity. Recurring stormy struggles yielded protracted instabilities. Alternatives to power-sharing have, however, awakened fears of repressive unitarian nationalism. This book re-examines the viability of the Lebanese power-sharing arrangement in preserving plurality and providing a common vision for nationhood. Thirteen Lebanese academic scholars offer different views in addressing the paradox of building a nation-state in a multi-communitarian society.


Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Communitarian Nation
(Imad Salamey – Political Science and International Affairs Program, Lebanese American University, Lebanon)

Chapter 2. Pluralism in Contested Nationhood: The Lebanese Predicament
(Chahine A. Ghais – Faculty of Law and Political Science, Notre Dame University (NDU), Lebanon)

Chapter 3. Politics Makes for Strange Bedfellows: Exigency and Sectarian Politics in Lebanon
(Rola El-Husseini – Department of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden)

Chapter 4. Politics of Co-Existence
(Elie Abouaoun – Middle East and North Africa Program, United States Institute of Peace, Tunisia)

Chapter 5. Electoral Systems in Divided Societies: The Case of Lebanon
(Chantal Sarkis – Stone Consultancy, Lebanon)

Chapter 6. Lebanon’s Double Movement and Pluralism
(Rana Taher – Department of Sociology and Anthropology, American University of Beirut, Lebanon)

Chapter 7. Lebanon’s Political Economy of Informality: Elites, Citizens and the State Shape Money(s) during the Sovereign Debt Crisis
(Joseph P. Helou – Department of Social Sciences, Lebanese American University, Lebanon)

Chapter 8. October 17 Uprising and the Challenge of the Dialectics of Inclusion and Exclusion
(Paul Tabar and Rasha Akel – Migration Studies Program, Lebanese American University, Lebanon)

Chapter 9. Protest Movements for Change: The October Revolution in Lebanon and the Resilient Political Establishment
(Joseph N. Bayeh – International Affairs Program, Department of International Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar.)

Chapter 10. Preserving the Media Sector amid Political Polarization and Sectarian Fragmentation
(Manal Abdel Samad Najd – Ministry of Information, Lebanese Government, Lebanon)

Chapter 11. An Empirical Study of Lebanese Attitudes towards Syrian Refugees: Perception and Inclusion
(Simon Haddad)

Chapter 12. Human Security in a Divided Society
(Maria Noujaim – Faculty of Law and Political Science, Notre Dame University, Lebanon)

Chapter 13. Reconstructing the Communitarian State
(Imad Salamey – Political Science and International Affairs Program, Lebanese American University, Lebanon)

Biosketches of Contributors


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