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Lebanon: A Consociational Model to be Refined

Lebanon: A Consociational Model to be Refined.

By Maria Tannous, Lebanese American University

Divisions across ethnic and religious lines in several Middle East countries since the 2011 Arab uprisings have brought renewed attention to the consociational model of governance. This student brief examines Lebanon’s consociational system in order to gauge whether it would be useful for other countries in the region experience similar ethnic or religious divisions.

This brief is part of a two-year project on pluralism and inclusion in the Middle East since the Arab Spring. This project is generously supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.