Citizen Hariri: Lebanon's Neo-Liberal Reconstruction by Hannes BaumannCitizen Hariri: Lebanon's Neo-Liberal Reconstruction by Hannes Baumann

Citizen Hariri: Lebanon's Neo-Liberal Reconstruction

byHannes Baumann

Hardcover | May 4, 2017

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Rafiq Hariri was Lebanon's Silvio Berlusconi: a "self-made" billionaire who became prime minister and shaped postwar reconstruction. His assassination in February 2005 almost tipped the country into civil strife. Yet Hariri was neither a militia leader nor from a traditional political family.How did this outsider rise to wield such immense political and economic power? Citizen Hariri shows how the billionaire converted his wealth and close ties to the Saudi monarchy into political power. Hariri is used as a prism to examine how changes in global neoliberalism reshaped Lebanese politics. He initiated urban megaprojects and inflated the banking sector. And havinggrown rich as a contractor in the Gulf, he turned Lebanon into an outlet for Gulf capital. The concentration of wealth and the restructuring of the postwar Lebanese state were comparable to the effects of neoliberalism elsewhere. But at the same time, Hariri was a deeply Lebanese figure. He had tofend against militia leaders and a hostile Syrian regime. The billionaire outsider eventually came to behave like a traditional Lebanese political patron. Hannes Baumnann assesses not only the personal legacy of the man dubbed "Mr Lebanon" but charts the wider social and economic transformations his rise represented.
Hannes Baumann is a Leverhulme early career fellow at King's College London. His current research looks at the politics of Gulf investment in non-oil Arab states. He previously taught or researched at Georgetown University, the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and the Stockholm International Peace Research I...
Title:Citizen Hariri: Lebanon's Neo-Liberal ReconstructionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.98 inPublished:May 4, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190687169

ISBN - 13:9780190687168

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"Citizen Hariri is the first head-on, comprehensive inquiry into Lebanon's turn to 'neoliberalism'; much rejected and despaired, but rarely analyzed as powerfully as here. No other book so compellingly brings to life Mister Lebanon, the country's turbulent politics, and the predicament ofbeing ruled and governed by 'real existing neoliberalism'." --Reinoud Leenders, King's College London, author of Spoils of Truce - Corruption and State-Building in Postwar Lebanon