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Democratic Transition and Sectarian Populism

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dc.contributor.author Salamey, Imad
dc.contributor.author Tabar, Paul
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-07T11:24:44Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-07T11:24:44Z
dc.date.issued 2015-09-07
dc.identifier.issn 1755-0912 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/2116
dc.description.abstract Despite being considered as one of the oldest constitutional democracies in the Middle East, Lebanon has been confronted with periodical institutional crises and civil violence. A protracted transitional period towards democracy has threatened the autonomy of deeply fragmented sectarian groups, and has instigated a polarizing struggle over nationhood. Fearing the degradation of their power to a majoritarian order, sectarian leaders have resorted to various mobilization strategies to obstruct the emergence of a unifying national identity and democratic state. Consequently, a chronically weak state has emerged, divided along antagonistic sectarian loyalties with power shared according to sectarian consociationalism. In order to reveal the tenets of sectarian populism in Lebanon and their impacts on nation-building, the state and democratic transition, a nationwide opinion survey was conducted by the Lebanese American University (LAU), Beirut, during January of 2011 with a random sample of 586 Lebanese respondents divided along sectarian affiliation. The survey examined differential populist mobilization among major sectarian groups and revealed potential explanatory variables. The results shed light on the formation of populism in a divided society and the challenges it poses for democratic transitions in Lebanon and perhaps in transitional Middle Eastern states. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Democratic Transition and Sectarian Populism en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle The Case of Lebanon en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.woa N/A en_US
dc.author.department Political Science/Int. Affairs en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Contemporary Arab Affairs en_US
dc.journal.volume 5 en_US
dc.journal.issue 4 en_US
dc.article.pages 37-41 en_US
dc.keywords democratization en_US
dc.keywords populism en_US
dc.keywords sectarianism en_US
dc.keywords divided society en_US
dc.keywords power sharing en_US
dc.keywords consociationalism en_US
dc.keywords Lebanese politics en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17550912.2012.714575 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Salamey, I., & Tabar, P. (2012). Democratic transition and sectarian populism: the case of Lebanon. Contemporary Arab Affairs, 5(4), 497-512. en_US
dc.author.email ptabar@lau.edu.lb
dc.identifier.url http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17550912.2012.714575


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