Consociational Power-Sharing in the Arab World as Counter-Revolution. / Halawi, Ibrahim.

In: Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Vol. 20, No. 2, 19.10.2020, p. 128-136.

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This paper argues that consociational power-sharing in the Arab World is intrinsically counterrevolutionary. The academic debate on consociational power-sharing has largely overlooked this because 1) it pre-supposes class inequalities and over-emphasises state stability, and 2) it is limited by a broader misunderstanding of counterrevolution, in which the concept is reduced to momentary reactions to revolution. By critiquing class and state assumptions in consociational power-sharing literature, and presenting a nuanced conceptualisation of counterrevolution, this paper seeks to bring the debate closer to the concurrent revolutionary episodes against the consociational arrangements of Lebanon and Iraq, and inspire more inclusionary state-(re)building arrangements in the Arab World.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-136
Number of pages9
JournalStudies in Ethnicity and Nationalism
Issue number2
Early online date19 Oct 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Oct 2020
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