February 15, 2002The Developmental State Model and the Challenges to Lebanon
This workshop presented two analytical frameworks that may help explain the successes and failures of Lebanon’s political economy as a result of its developmental policies. First, the Developmental State model uses a structuralist approach to understand the economic role of the State, with an emphasis on supporting the industrial sector. Second, the Neo-patrimonial State approach portrays a country’s development blockage as a result of privatization of the state.
Participants applied each approach to the Lebanese situation by analyzing the country’s industrial policies, administrative reform, and urban planning issues and placing them in a comparative context.
Applied conclusions will hopefully lead to a diagnosis of Lebanon’s economic and social ills in order to promote equitable and effective development.