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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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Assessing Corruption

Assessing Corruption

(p.18) Chapter 2 Assessing Corruption
Spoils of Truce

Reinoud Leenders

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines a host of individual allegations and incidences of political corruption in postwar Lebanon using a qualitative approach. As part of this qualitative assessment, the chapter considers pertinent data in order to disentangle and assess the validity of specific allegations involving institutions that were found to be particularly prone to the use of public office for private benefit. It first discusses corruption, and specifically fraudulent health care, involving the Ministry of Health, before turning to the Middle East Airlines's involvement in the Airbus scandal. It then analyzes other cases of corruption in Lebanon, including shady oil and gas deals; the anomalous contract awarded to a British joint-venture firm to clear the port of Beirut of sunken vessels, explosives, and debris; and the government's corrupt relations with private quarries. It also highlights corruption in reconstruction work and in the large-scale program meant to encourage and facilitate the return of hundreds of thousands of individuals and families displaced by combat.

Keywords:   political corruption, Lebanon, health care, Ministry of Health, Middle East Airlines, Airbus scandal, quarries, reconstruction, port of Beirut

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