THE ISSAM FARES INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) and the Critical Approaches to Development Project at the Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies Department at the American University of Beirut (AUB) cordially invite you to the book launch of ‘The labour movement in Lebanon: Power on hold’ (Manchester University Press 2022), by Lea Bou Khater. The launch event will take place in the Basile Antoine Meguerdiche Conference Hall, IFI on June 29, 2022 at 5:00 pm (Beirut time).
About the book
The labour movement in Lebanon: Power on hold narrates the history of the Lebanese labour movement from the early twentieth century to today. Bou Khater demonstrates that trade unionism in the country has largely been a failure, for reasons including state interference, tactical co-optation, and the strategic use of sectarianism by an oligarchic elite, together with the structural weakness of a service-based laissez-faire economy. Drawing on a vast body of Arabic-language primary sources and difficult-to-access archives, the book's conclusions are significant not only for trade unionism, but also for new forms of workers' organisations and social movements in Lebanon and beyond. The Lebanese case study presented here holds significant implications for the wider Arab world and for comparative studies of labour. This authoritative history of the labour movement in Lebanon is vital reading for scholars of trade unionism, Lebanese politics, and political economy.
About the Author
Lea Bou Khater is a Lecturer in Development Studies at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. She holds a PhD in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
About the Discussant
Joseph Daher holds a PhD in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London (2015), and a PhD in Political Science from Lausanne University, Switzerland (2018). He is the author of "Hezbollah: the Political Economy of Lebanon's Party of God" (2016) and "Syria after the Uprisings, The Political Economy of State's Resilience" (2019).