Democracy and Power-Sharing in Stormy Weather

The Case of Lebanon

  • Authors
  • Tamirace Fakhoury Mühlbacher

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-15
  2. Tamirace Fakhoury Mühlbacher
    Pages 17-34
  3. Tamirace Fakhoury Mühlbacher
    Pages 35-76
  4. Tamirace Fakhoury Mühlbacher
    Pages 77-135
  5. Tamirace Fakhoury Mühlbacher
    Pages 137-244
  6. Tamirace Fakhoury Mühlbacher
    Pages 245-325
  7. Tamirace Fakhoury Mühlbacher
    Pages 327-423
  8. Tamirace Fakhoury Mühlbacher
    Pages 425-453
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 455-477

About this book


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 democratisation in the small Arab Republic.

This book is essential reading for researchers and students from the social sciences, in particular sociology and political science.


Arab Republic Beirut Spring Islam Political Science hybrid democratisation system transformation

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