Democratic Transition and the Challenges of Sectarian Populism: The Case of Lebanon
In order to reveal the tenants of sectarian populism in Lebanon as it impacts nation building, the state, and democratic transition a nationwide opinion survey is being conducted with a national random sample of 300 Lebanese respondents divided along sectarian lines. The survey will examine differential populist mobilization among various sectarian groups and reveal potential explanatory variables. Particular evaluation will assess the degree to which ‘political liberalism’ undermines intra sectarian populism in favor of contested leadership and national affiliation. This research will shed the lights on the formation of populism in divided society and the challenges it poses for democratic transitions in Lebanon, and perhaps in comparative Middle Eastern states such as Iraq.
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