Policy Brief

Understanding the Politics of Anti-Corruption in Lebanon

May 2023


This policy brief examines the historical context and current state of corruption in Lebanon. Despite numerous promises and commitments by successive governments to tackle corruption, Lebanon continues to be synonymous with weak state institutions, bad governance, and failure to provide public services and social welfare.

Khalil Gebara argues that understanding the politics of anti-corruption in Lebanon requires an in-depth analysis of the country’s political system dynamics, particularly the lack of political will to fight corruption that can be traced to the nature of the political economy and its overlapping linkages at regional, national, and local levels. The policy brief delves into the deep-rooted causes of corruption in Lebanon and suggests a few alternatives to help overcome the lack of political will to fight corruption. Overall, the brief seeks to shed light on the complex political landscape in Lebanon and provides insights and recomendations into how anti-corruption efforts can be effectively implemented.

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