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Spoils of TruceCorruption and State-Building in Postwar Lebanon$
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Reinoud Leenders

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451003

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451003.001.0001

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Corruption: A Window into the State of Postwar Lebanon

Corruption: A Window into the State of Postwar Lebanon

(p.1) Chapter 1 Corruption: A Window into the State of Postwar Lebanon
Spoils of Truce

Reinoud Leenders

Cornell University Press

This book examines the extent and causes of political corruption in postwar Lebanon. Drawing on research on comparative corruption, bribery, rent-seeking, and crony capitalism, primarily in less developed countries (LDCs), the book considers high political corruption—that is, forms of corruption occurring at the top of the state's bureaucracy and its agencies (for example, among ministers, directors-general, and other senior officials) rather than those that occur at lower echelons of state bureaucracies. It also explores various manifestations of corruption, from bid rigging and influence peddling to collusion, extortion, theft of public funds, nepotism, and outright bribery. It argues that corruption in postwar Lebanon has been rampant and attributes it mainly to the high degree to which public institutions diverged from the criteria of bureaucratic organization. In turn, the limited extent to which corruption-prone public institutions in postwar Lebanon met these criteria can be blamed on the debilitating nature of the political settlement that has been evolving since the early 1990s.

Keywords:   political corruption, Lebanon, bribery, rent-seeking, crony capitalism, bureaucracy, nepotism, public institutions, bureaucratic organization, political settlement

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