Legitimacy in Lebanon

Kristina Tschunkert, Roger Mac Ginty

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Lebanon’s fraught history invites us to question the sources, character and necessity of legitimacy. It encourages us to open up legitimacy to more sociological analyses that move us beyond the potentially narrow confines of Newtonian links between the citizen, government and service delivery. While these transactional aspects of legitimacy are important, other issues such as heritage, identity and blunt power (sometimes force) play a significant role. This chapter seeks to unravel the complex ‘swirl’ that constitutes political legitimacy in Lebanon. It sees legitimacy as a hybrid construction that derives from a complex mix of identity and transactional politics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLocal Legitimacy and International Peace Intervention
EditorsOliver P. Richmond, Roger Mac Ginty
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781474466288
ISBN (Print)9781474466264, 9781474466271
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute


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