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In Spoils of Truce, Reinoud Leenders documents the extensive corruption that accompanied the reconstruction of Lebanon after the end of a decade and a half of civil war. With the signing of the Ta'if peace accord in 1989, the rebuilding of the country's shattered physical infrastructure and the establishment of a functioning state apparatus became critical demands. Despite the urgent needs of its citizens, however, graft was rampant. Leenders describes the extent and nature of this corruption in key sectors of the Lebanese economy and government, including transportation, health care, energy, natural resources, construction, and social assistance programs.

Exploring in detail how corruption implicated senior policymakers and high-ranking public servants, Leenders offers a clear-eyed perspective on state institutions in the developing world. He also addresses the overriding role of the Syrian leadership's interests in Lebanon and in particular its manipulation of the country's internal differences. His qualitative and disaggregated approach to dissecting the politics of creating and reshaping state institutions complements the more typical quantitative methods used in the study of corruption. More broadly, Spoils of Truce will be uncomfortable reading for those who insist that power-sharing strategies in conflict management and resolution provide some sort of panacea for divided societies hoping to recover from armed conflict.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Corruption: A Window into the State of Postwar Lebanon
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. 2. Assessing Corruption
  2. pp. 18-71
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  1. 3. Public Institutions and Bureaucratic Organization
  2. pp. 72-121
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  1. 4. The Political Settlement of the Second Republic
  2. pp. 122-163
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  1. 5. The Politics of State-Building and Corruption
  2. pp. 164-222
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  1. 6. Corruption and the Primacy of Politics
  2. pp. 223-241
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 242-250
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  1. References
  2. pp. 251-266
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 267-276
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780801465871
Related ISBN
9780801451003
MARC Record
OCLC
812067020
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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