Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon is available at Antoine bookstores. (The Daily Star/Sarah Weatherbee)
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Lebanon's sectarian political system is an obstacle to stability and national unity, many have argued.A: The book is about the way that sectarianism operates within the Lebanese welfare regime, specifically the component of the welfare regime in which the major sectarian political parties are involved.I address some larger issues toward the end of the book about the implications of the sectarian dimensions of the welfare regime for politics and intergroup reconciliation, for the functioning and the efficiency of the health system. A: I guess the best way I could answer that is to say that the Health Ministry operates within a system that is sectarian.That shows it's not about your religious identification, it is your party identification that matters.A: I published an article with a co-author, using the data from my survey [on Lebanon], just focusing on financial assistance for health, and we showed similar results as what I reported here today: that partisan identification and political activism are strongly associated with access to benefits and financial assistance for health care.The public health literature rightly emphasizes socioeconomic status, race, gender ... these are key factors affecting health status, even more than access to health care.
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