Rearranging Deckchairs on the Titanic? Consensus, Corruption and Crisis: Lebanon after the Ta'if Agreement

Internationale Beziehungen, 2007/2

15 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2009 Last revised: 25 Oct 2016

Evelyne Schmid

University of Basel - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

This essay will ask if there is a causal link between the nature of a peace agreement and the incidence of corruption. It examines the case of post-war Lebanon and looks at the decade following the settlement of Lebanon's bitter civil war (1975-1989). The essay treats corruption as the dependent variable and shows how the rise of blurred, uncodified institutions and the weakening of the state's control agencies can be traced back to the nature of the peace agreement. It argues that the particular logic of "consensus" that marked the Ta'if Accord resulted in an increase of corruption.

Keywords: corruption, Lebanon, peace agreement, peace building, inclusiveness, institutions

Suggested Citation

Schmid, Evelyne, Rearranging Deckchairs on the Titanic? Consensus, Corruption and Crisis: Lebanon after the Ta'if Agreement (2007). Internationale Beziehungen, 2007/2. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1349631

Evelyne Schmid (Contact Author)

University of Basel - Faculty of Law ( email )

United States

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