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Civila samhällets utmaningar i pluralistiska stater. Libanon: en stat - en splittrad nation

Liljedahl, Charlotta and Sandqvist, Anna (2005)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The current trend towards globalisation and democratisation has made the theories of politics in pluralistic societies, and how to make them work, of particular interest and concern. Lijphart's theory of consociational democracy is an important influence in this field. At the same time the importance of civil society in transition studies and democratisation processes has been reinforced over the last thirty years. However, the complex political situation that plural societies face, creates obstacles for a healthy civil society. This thesis is based on a case study of Lebanon, a country with deep ethnic divisions and a government that resembles a consociational democracy. The aim of this thesis is to give a picture of how a consociational... (More)
The current trend towards globalisation and democratisation has made the theories of politics in pluralistic societies, and how to make them work, of particular interest and concern. Lijphart's theory of consociational democracy is an important influence in this field. At the same time the importance of civil society in transition studies and democratisation processes has been reinforced over the last thirty years. However, the complex political situation that plural societies face, creates obstacles for a healthy civil society. This thesis is based on a case study of Lebanon, a country with deep ethnic divisions and a government that resembles a consociational democracy. The aim of this thesis is to give a picture of how a consociational democracy influences the civil society's ability to function in a plural society. We find that the case constitutes an example of how consociational democracy, a weak state and patron-client networks ruin the possibility of having a healthy and bridging civil society. (Less)
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Liljedahl, Charlotta and Sandqvist, Anna
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organization
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L2 - 2nd term paper (old degree order)
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consocational democracy, civil society, Lebanon, weak state, patron-client relations, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
Swedish
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1330304
date added to LUP
2005-06-20 00:00:00
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2005-06-20 00:00:00
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  abstract     = {The current trend towards globalisation and democratisation has made the theories of politics in pluralistic societies, and how to make them work, of particular interest and concern. Lijphart's theory of consociational democracy is an important influence in this field. At the same time the importance of civil society in transition studies and democratisation processes has been reinforced over the last thirty years. However, the complex political situation that plural societies face, creates obstacles for a healthy civil society. This thesis is based on a case study of Lebanon, a country with deep ethnic divisions and a government that resembles a consociational democracy. The aim of this thesis is to give a picture of how a consociational democracy influences the civil society's ability to function in a plural society. We find that the case constitutes an example of how consociational democracy, a weak state and patron-client networks ruin the possibility of having a healthy and bridging civil society.},
  author       = {Liljedahl, Charlotta and Sandqvist, Anna},
  keyword      = {consocational democracy,civil society,Lebanon,weak state,patron-client relations,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Civila samhällets utmaningar i pluralistiska stater. Libanon: en stat - en splittrad nation},
  year         = {2005},
}